Expert Thinking About The Future Of Learning

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Expert Thinking About The Future Of Learning

A number of organizations and universities have published expert papers on the future of education and they include Pearson, UNESCO, Eastern Mediterranean University, among others. We have provided more details about these papers below.

1) The Future Learners: An Innovative Approach To Understanding The Higher Education Market And Building A Student-Centered University

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  • Description: The paper is "describes five student personas developed as a result of a survey of 2,600 people ages 14-40. The findings of the survey present several themes around how today’s students perceive the value of higher education, their motivations and how they want to learn. Taken together, they provide a blueprint for institutions to consider when rethinking how they recruit and shepherd students to completing a degree or credential."
  • Author: Jeffrey J. Selingo
  • Think Tank: Pearson

2) The Futures of learning 1: why must learning content and methods change in the 21st century?

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  • Description: The paper is the first of a three parts series. This part "identifies multiple drivers working to transform what learners are taught and the methods used for teaching and learning." It takes into account the current learning limitations such as youth disengagement, changing views on the merit of education, shifts in labor market skills, trends and demand, growing concerns about economic crises, among others. The paper explores these issues in depth and offers a sound and comprehensive rationale for "redefining twenty-first century learning content and pedagogy."
  • Author: Cynthia Luna Scott
  • Think Tank: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

3) The Futures of learning 2: what kind of learning for the 21st century?

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  • Description: This is part two of the paper above. In this part of the paper, the author "addresses the competencies and skills that are deemed necessary for today’s societies." It "explores these skills in depth and highlights several key elements for learning in the twenty-first century including personalization, collaboration, communication, informal learning, productivity and content creation."
  • Author: Cynthia Luna Scott
  • Think Tank: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

4) The Futures of Learning 3: what kind of pedagogies for the 21st century?

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  • Description: This is the last part of the above paper. Here, the author "explores pedagogies and learning environments that may contribute to the development and mastery of twenty-first century competencies and skills, and advance the quality of learning."
  • Author: Cynthia Luna Scott

5) Shaping the Future of Academic Libraries: Authentic Learning for the Next Generation

  • Description: The paper describes the role libraries will play in shaping the future of learning as "new pedagogical approaches are being developed towards more authentic and engaging learning experiences." The paper is based on a university case study and it "provides exemplars of ‘new’ librarian roles including co-teacher, publisher and communications expert, while also demonstrating the effective integration of professional graduate attributes into academic curriculum."
  • Authors: Jurgen Schulte, Belinda Tiffen, Jackie Edwards, Scott Abbott, and Edward Luca
  • Think Tank: Association of College and Research Libraries

6) Learning for the future - LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK: 2015 – 2020

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  • Description: This is the Macquarie University framework document that details their bold new approach to the education of future generations at this University. It assesses future students needs, future employers needs, and future skills and maps out a learning framework that will best meet those needs. It discusses both the challenges and the steps they will take to meet those challenges in the University.
  • Author: Macquarie University
  • Think Tank: Macquarie University

7) The Past, Present and Future of Blended Learning: An in Depth Analysis of Literature


8) Evaluation of Blended Learning

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  • Description: The paper assesses the current level of blended learning in academics and discusses what it needs to be successful. It argues that the "success of Blended learning depends not only on the quality of the course and the virtual environment but also on the grade to which the students are prepared to work in their virtual study environment."
  • Author: Sarka Hubackova and Ilona Semradova
  • University: University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

9) Teaching the future: learning strategies and student challenges

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  • Description: The paper discusses "the teaching and learning philosophies of Futurist Dr Ian Yeoman of Victoria University of Wellington who emphasizes authenticity, problem-based learning, visuals as creative tools and students’ negotiating problems."
  • Author: Ian Seymour Yeoman and Una McMahon-Beatte
  • University: University of Wellington and Ulster University

10) Internet of Things in Higher Education: A Study on Future Learning

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  • Description: The paper "explores the impact of IoT on higher education especially universities. IoT stands to change dramatically the way universities work, and enhance student learning in many disciplines and at any level." The paper provides "evidence about the future of IoT in higher education", as well as the challenges posed by IoT in the education sector.
  • Author: Hanan Aldowah, Shafiq Ul Rehman, Samar Ghazal1, and Irfan Naufal Umar
  • University: Universiti Sains Malaysia and Centre for Information System and Technology (CIST), Hodiedah




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