One of the most significant evolutions in recent educational literature concerns the core notion of learning. In a massive shift of attitudes, learning is now broadly acknowledged as poorly understood and immensely complex. Altering how we 'buy' the opportunities to learn can trigger a fundamental transformation of the educational system.
We prefer to purchase 'unlimited' amounts of wireless minutes and/or data for a set price/time period because we feel less constrained in how we use them. Less constraint encourages experimentation, questioning or simply playing, all of which are associated with learning , creativity and innovation. When we purchase an opportunity to learn that is finite, closed ended, single subject, our imagination closes down, too. Changing the way we purchase learning opportunities, i.e. credit hours, courses, etc., from the current compartmentalized and predetermined education system, to an open-ended, flexible and responsive alternative will prod students, professors and administrators to experiment to continually improve learning.