The Promise and Possibility of Human-Centered Learning Environments


  • Bernard Bull


Over the past century, much of the modern educational system has been built on values such as standardization, efficiency, quantification, mechanization, and applied scientific knowledge. Each of these continues to play an important role in modern education and society, yet none are capable of drawing learners into meaning-rich, authentic, engaging, and transformative learning experiences. For that, we must learn from the best of ancient knowledge and modern research. With this in mind, Dr. Bull draws from his study of hundreds of learning organizations and environments to offer insight on what he calls "human-centered learning-experience design." This is an invitation to innovations in teaching and learning, built on traits like adventure, learner agency, compassion, experimentation, mastery, meaning, and wonder.

Author Biography

Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull most recently served as Chief Innovation Officer, Vice Provost of Curriculum and Innovation, and Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. There he led a University-wide effort to refine and expand low-residency and online learning opportunities for adult and post-traditional learners.

Dr. Bull is a widespread and active voice in the K-12 and higher education landscape regarding alternative and experimental education; emerging practices in grading, assessment, and credentials; self-directed learning; nurturing learner agency and ownership; and the intersection of education and digital culture.
He is the author of several books, including Missional Moonshots: Insight & Inspiration in Educational InnovationWhat Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning.