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What will university education look like in 20 years?

What will higher education look like in 20 years?

As I walk around with all the books to my curriculum on my iPad, it occurs to me that higher education now looks very different than it did 10 years ago. I remember making ALL my powerpoint slides and now many come along with text books. All my reference books are on my phone. I can access my calendar anywhere and there is not a single eraser mark on it.

Some subtle movements in society are changing the outcomes of higher education and how we teach. Some potential changes I see are:

1. The movement of didactic classes to online with campus learning based on highly psychomotor learning (labs, studios, physical education etc).

2. A federal government that is focusing on transferable skills as opposed to classical education.

4. Mandates that students move through the curriculum instead of a focus on retention. Recent decreases in hours funded.

5. The increased cost of higher education far outpacing workforce pay.

What will higher education look like? What role will technology play in the next couple of decades? Will we skype class? Can I really take a course in Norway and apply it to my transcript?

As we move global, how are your counties dealing with the changes?



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  • Jun 22 2012: In a world where virtually all information is available what exactly is the role of education?
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      Jun 22 2012: Well, for me education is more than the memorization of information. If you are not guided by someone who knows what to do with that information it is useless. That is kinda the foundation of the disciplines. There are typically core courses that are integrated into a discipline but each requires that students use the same learning but in slightly different ways. So an intro math course is used differently in the engineering discipline than the health sciences. The problem is that students don't understand how we need to integrate all courses to produce the ultimate outcome of each discipline. Sometimes the educators don't get it either.
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      Jun 24 2012: Higher education is primarily about learning how to discover and deduce what is not yet known or what is subject to interpretation. The ability to reason, to interpret, and to judge, to build from what is known, to understand how to try things systematically... these will always go beyond the information that may be available at any time. Broad availability of information increases the value of such skills rather than substituting for them..

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