Group: Dabbledoo


An Overview of the Black Swan Model

An alternative source of energy is discovered! Man is able to store & convert UV energy into any form of energy: heat, electrical etc. The age of energy crisis is over. Now energy is unlimited, cheap & avaible to everyone.

Our scenario investigates the possible consequences of such a black swan event occurring. The scenario mainly focuses on its impact on education: its purpose, its structure & its pedagogical implications.

  • Unlimited energy will lead to ubiquitous connectivity

There are many possible futures based on such an event. We are inclined to believe in a more idealistic scenario rather than a more realistic one.

Attitudes, Expectations, Political Support
  • Funding (previously used for energy) can be chanelled to other government branches such as Education, Reasearch, Military etc.
  • Decline of patriotism which is a result of a loss in a sense of belonging to a particular country
  • More regulations in regards to intellectual property
  • Possible unilateral accessibility to information

Goals , Functions, Equity
  • Curriculum redesigned to incorporate borderless teaching.
  • Everyone have access to the energy source. They are not disadvantaged/sidelined.
  • People can research on new innovations of devices for new applications.
  • Energy source is abundant to all countries who subscribe to it.
  • Manage to bridge the digital divide for unlimited energy could lead to ubiquitous coverage of internet over the world
  • Blurring out boundaries between virtual and reality

Organisations and Structures

  • Widespread use of informal groups e.g. home schooling, community groups, individualised arrangement for one-to-one classes.
  • ICTs are used extensively for learning, networking, software applications.
  • Flat & decentralised
  • More specialised institutions increasing outsourcing

The Geo-political Dimension
  • Complete wireless connection is now possible, "classes" held everywhere, field trips to far corners of the earth.
  • Communicating and commuting across borders increase tremendously.
  • Students can choose to travel to any corners of the world to acquire the knowledge offered by educators or vice versa
  • Students can learn on demand and have access to information from anywhere and at anytime.

The Teaching Force

  • Education will be based on demand and supply
  • Borderless "teachers", location/venue no more a limit.
  • Knowledge generated will be more in-depth, and easily acessible.
  • The rate of knowledge growth will be increased exponentially

Hurray!! Unlimited supply of power for all…
Reported by Dorene Yeo on 1 December 2014 for New Paper!

Freddy, a first year polytechnic student was elated when he found out that the Singapore Power Authority had announced that an unlimited supply of power will be available for all by 2015.

He said that he could use all his different technology devices and tap for power anywhere and at anytime to learn.
He does not need to go to school. First thing in the morning, he switches on his television screen and goes to his school’s website for things to do for the day. He then makes an appointment to see his friends for a game of soccer at 6pm. An hour before, he will meet them to discuss their hands-on project.

During the March break, he will go for his overseas immersion programme for 6 weeks and attend classes in China. In June, he will go for his community service in Vietnam for 2 weeks and submits his learning journal online to his Teacher-in-charge. In September, he will go for a 6 months internship programme in India and his reports are submitted and reviewed by his Liaison Officer online too.

His school can offer their courses to working people and overseas students as well. He will have a wide range of Teaching expertise who will be employed on an adjunct or need basis. Staff at his school will have more flexible work arrangements. They can work from home or when they are overseas. More staff can go overseas for research, immersion programmes and community service.

Costs of most things for example, technology devices, transportation, construction, etc. will drastically drop. Freddy may use and waste more.

Nevertheless, it is a dream come true for Freddy! He can do more for less!!!!

2020: The Responsible Teenager
By Patrice Choong

As the 12 year old Jolene prepares herself to go to the nearby learning center, she hurriedly glanced at the clock for fear of being late. It’s 1:36am and with a sigh of relief, she slowly makes her way to her 2:00 am sharing session. No, Jolene is not attending alcoholic anonymous but instead she is rushing for her geometry shass .
This might not have been a common scene ten years ago, but with the onslaught of practically free, limitless power, educational institutes have been transformed to 24/7 learning centers. The learning centers served as a place where people gather to learn from one another on a particular topic. The learning centers provide a venue and the necessary administrative & infrastructure support to facilitate the sharing. That’s right, there are no more teaching & learning. There is only sharing and the meaning of ‘class’ today is transformed to mean the shass, a compounded word from sharing & class.
By removing the resource constraints from the traditional educational institutes, education has been transformed into a market driven learning economy. Sharing group facilitators uses the learning centers to initiate sharing groups that aim to share experiences, knowledge & information on particular subjects with each other.
With this decentralized model, teenagers of today, like Jolene, are becoming more & more responsible of their learning because the responsibility of choosing what to learn rests in their own hands.
Who knew that a breakthrough in energy would results in responsible teenagers? The term itself almost sounds like an oxymoron.


People’s Polytechnic’s Diploma Courses – Students can now customize their own courses by Susan Lee
People’s Polytechnic has initiated new courses that allow students to decide if they want enroll to study at a fixed location or travel everywhere and anywhere to the location of their choice to complete their modules for their diploma. Although “free” travel is possible now with the discovery of free umlimited power, other resources such as time is still a limiting factor (unless the next big discovery is teleportation). Some students or their parents prefer the traditional way of getting their diplomas, but with more opportunities of exposure to other communities and experiences afforded by the ease of travel.

Zin XX has enrolled into the Biomedical Science Course and he is able to conduct gene cloning experiments with top scientists at The Genetics Institute at the other side of the world but it would still take him one day’s travel and acclimatization to the difference in the time zone before he is able to attend lessons. “I prefer to have the lessons nearer to home so that I can complete my diploma faster”, he says. The “flexible” course structure at the new People Polytechnic allows students to customize their learning to fit their individual learning styles and preferences, and this is one change that has come about in the last 15 years that has affected education since 2010.

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By Tan Siew Hong

Outcome: what we think of today's education system after peeping into the future

  1. Singapore's education is forward looking & adaptable to changing trends in regards the pedagogy but not in regards to policies & structure
  2. Central control is pivotal to embracing change. United effort towards a common goal.
  3. Singapore not only recognises but demands the use of technology in learning because it sees technology to be pervasive in any industry
  4. Strong emphasis on the education sector to prepare the students to be a ready future human capital
  5. Singapore recognises the need for creativity for the future.
  6. Singapore recognises to role of the teacher is shifting towards that of a facilitator.