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Purpose is a direction of action that is meaningful to you and consequential to society.
I believe education should help foster a sense of purpose and equip students with the skills necessary to fulfill that purpose.
According to Enso's World Value Index, 91% of people expressed importance to live life with a sense of purpose. Yet, people are suffering from depression worldwide and suicide is a leading cause of death for young people. Our systems of education have neglected moral, social, and emotional development, along with other types of education that enhance individual experience beyond what is necessary for entrance into the labor market.
A student will achieve higher learning if they are internally motivated to learn the material. Cultivating a sense of purpose, with something meaningful to the student, will dramatically improve their motivation and subsequently their performance.
From a societal perspective, the dawn of the 21st century has proven to be a critical time in global transformation where humanity has fundamentally impacted our planetary and societal complex systems to the point of crisis. Climate change, poverty, pandemics, social injustices — the global problems needing solutions are beginning to stack up. For humanity to continue it’s evolution, we believe that higher education must play a critical role in preparing individuals with skills to solve these problems.
Furthermore, employers hire employees to solve problems in their business. What better way to prepare students for contributing to the workforce, and society at large, by having them practice tackling problems. TO solve any problem, you will need skills to do so, and no other vehicle is greater for learning skills than education.
Ultimately though, cultivating a sense of purpose will lead students to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Though education can not be the sole answer to this, it can surely help.
First and foremost, allow room for exploration.
When one first tries to learn any skill, it initially starts with a process of discovery and exploration. The goal here is to gain a feel for what the skill is like, to build and play and apply without worrying about how it works under the surface. During this time, the learner is developing some important understandings about themselves, how they fit in the world, and what their strengths are for contributing to it.
Exploration fosters 3 important learnings:
To facilitate the exploration process begin with coaching your students.
Then, introduce them to wicked problems and global challenges.
As you introduce them to problems, introduce and teach foundational skills.
Continue their learning, driven be internal motivation, by creating personalized learning paths to learn skills for fulfilling their purpose.
To learn skills, have students complete projects rooted in real world problems.
After they leave your class or school, they now have the skills to continue to be fulfilled, no matter what they are doing.
If you would like help implementing purpose in an online course that you're creating, I would love to chat with you. I offer free strategy calls.
There's no hard sells on those calls. They are for really trying to understand what is it that you're teaching, how we can best set up a course, and if you would like further help with that, then we can talk about working together.
If not, then I just want to help you be able to get your course out there and teaching others, turning your wisdom into actionable education.
So let's build something great together.
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