Let’s start with why we learn: To grow personally and professionally and become more effective in what we do. Our learning philosophy reflects this first principle thinking and makes learning personal. Our approach is individualized and challenge-based, to enable learners to move from learning knowledge to applying knowledge and skills to directly solve problems and work on solutions and begin with purpose, or mission identification. This provides a focus and direction for learning, making it more efficient, and ultimately impactful.
Learners are supported in building or acquiring competencies throughout the program. How fast or slow you master competencies is up to you - all our programs are paced & individualized, meaning education should fit your life and your goals -and you set the pace at which you progress. This is designed to reflect our both make learning compatible with all the other areas of your life - work, family, commitments - and promote academic exploration and excellence.
The conversation in learning is moving away from acquiring skills, to developing and strengthening competencies to deal with the complex and changing world of work and impact. The pace at which innovation happens today, means we will be continuously adjusting to new realities, de facto making learning a life-long journey .We have developed a competency framework of 75 skills, including initiative, persistence/grit, adaptability, curiosity, leadership as well as social and cultural awareness. At the centre of this framework is the Growth Mindset - the ability to see learning as a process which requires effort, time, and hard work.
Learning is a process that leads to change - it is about becoming more competent in certain areas and using the knowledge for a specific purpose - whether to take on more responsibilities and leadership in your professional world or to build a business around an issue close to your heart. Applying the knowledge gained in course work through our challenges is central to internalising and becoming confident in your competencies, leading to stronger learner empowerment.
Challenge based learning is an innovative pedagogy that actively engages students in relevant problems that exist in their environments and that require a solution. With roots in experiential learning or “learning through reflection on doing”, challenge-based learning has emerged through the frustration with an outdated educational system combined with a widespread lack of student engagement and a different type of skill set required to solve the complex economic, social, and environmental problems of the 21st century.
Challenges require learners to leverage experience, harness internal and external resources, develop a plan and push forward to find the best solution. Along the way, there is experimentation, failure, success and ultimately consequences for actions. This makes learning relevant in a practical way, and creates urgency, passion, and ownership.
How do challenges work at Tomorrow’s Education?
Challenges are central to our learning approach at Tomorrow’s Education and are built into each stage of the curriculum, to support student development along their entrepreneurial journey.
Our courses provide a base of knowledge, from which to address the challenges in the curriculum. At Tomorrow’s Education, learners get solo and group challenges to work through in each of the course blocks, including the Grand Challenges around the Sustainable Development Goals towards the end of the program.
Throughout each course learners receive guidance and support from academic staff and mentors with subject area expertise, as well as from their peers. A successfully completed challenge is when learners combine a desire to make a difference with a demonstration of content mastery.
For example, in the module Teams and People Management the goal is to create more productive, professional relationships and an ability to work with different types of people, an essential skill to become a more effective manager in today’s complex, global, and highly interdependent organizations. The Solo Challenge builds self awareness and asks learners to create a personal user manual and challenge this with a peer, building competency in mindful leadership. This prepares the learners for the associated Group Challenge on organizational design which asks them to build a team, create a team skillprint and work together to create an investment thesis based on a data set provided, create a two-page investment teaser and pitch this idea in front of a live investment jury.
Co-Founder, Chief Academic Officer
Director of Education
Are you not sure if our program is the right one for you or if it matches with your goals?
No problem! Our Student Success team and our partners at WU Executive Academy are true experts in career counseling and would be happy to answer all of your questions!
What is your personal purpose in life?
If you don't have the answer to that question yet and would like to find out if your purpose fits into our program our Student Success team would love to help you finding your purpose in life!