Student, Centre for Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo
Ian Scholten is in the midst of a joint honours degree in Knowledge Integration and Anthropology at the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about human-centered design thinking and an advocate for interdisciplinarity. “I believe that students need to be challenged more in high school,” says Ian, “Not necessarily in terms of harder course material, but rather in thinking critically and making connections across subjects.” He believes that students who understand the relevance and value of what they learn in school are flexible and ready for life after graduation.
A powerful intrinsic motivation for learning wasn’t something that Ian found until he entered the Centre for Knowledge Integration. The flexibility of the program forced him to take ownership, to craft an education that helps to fill the needs he sees in the world.
Emerging technologies are something Ian sees as being a key factor in the education landscape of 2030. “Information is more and more accessible, but the truth remains that there are things that don’t exist online,” says Ian, “If we put too much emphasis on the use of technology, social barriers will start to form and effective human-to-human collaboration could be lost.”