The future of learning 2025

A few points I liked in a very recent paper on the future of learning. This is an interesting read, as it attempts to present future student scenarios, especially around the changing global migration and settlement patterns. In it they describe how important it will be for everyone to have life-long learning strategies.

A few grabs that stood out …

In the future, people are likely to change their professions more frequently throughout their life and they are remaining longer within the workforce due to demographic changes and higher life expectancy. According to experts, it will be common for all citizens – whether they are at the beginning or end of their careers, whether they are highly skilled or do not have any relevant qualifications – to continuously update their skills.

Technology does not only affect what we will need to learn, but also how we will learn in the future. A range of (foresight) studies underline the impact of technological change on education and training. According to the European Internet Foundation, for example, the key to adequately preparing learners for life in a digital world is to “redesign education itself around participative, digitally-enabled collaboration within and beyond the individual educational institution”. They predict that by 2025 this will have become the dominant worldwide educational paradigm.

  • The nature of learning will become more learner-centred, individual and social;
  • Personalised and tailor-made learning opportunities will address individual and professional training needs;
  • Innovative pedagogical concepts will be developed and implemented in order to address, for example, experiential and immersive learning and social and cognitive processes;
  • Formal education institutions will need to flexibly and dynamically react to changes and offer learning opportunities that are integrated in daily life; and
  • Education and training must be made available and accessible for all citizens.

The main objective of schools will not change: like today, future schools will seek to enable all students to actively, responsibly and successfully participate in society, support them in developing their talents and prepare them for a professional career of their choice and liking. However, because of changing living, working and learning patterns, meeting this objective will require new organisational and pedagogical approaches and strategies. In 2025, the main task of schools will be to empower young people to become lifelong learners who actively develop their learning biographies.

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  1. I remember being a student in Engineering (before I wisely changed to teaching) and a fellow student never planned to do any Engineering-type things with their degree. When I asked him why, he answered (paraphrased of course) “An Engineering Degree proves that I’m smart and can think outside of the box – that I can easily adapt to my environment.”
    I wonder if we could take that idea of intellectual flexibility and apply it across the curriculum.

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