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Future Education: Curriculums will be industry created

In the disruptive century, education like every other aspect of our day-to-day lives will change. Traditional Higher Education institutions are being challenged by  a wave of  low cost alternatives models such as the Khan Academy and other educational disruptor models across the globe.

No longer are we bound by geography when it comes to education. Like all other industries education manufacturers need to re-invent themselves and justify their existence in this new economy.  Universities, which have traditionally been the incubators of change, disruption and innovation themselves need to rethink how, where and what students learn. They can no longer be slow to move bureaucratic and highly political organization if they want to survive and flourish in this century.

So within this evolving landscape what will education look like over the coming years?  Here are a few of our future-forecasts on education.

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CURRICULUMS WILL BE INDUSTRY CREATED

Traditional education models of departmental based curriculum development (which is both independent of the university and the student’s potential employer market) will need to change. Smart education providers will begin to create industry based advisory boards which sit outside the faculty. It will be these business and industry bodies who will be the governors of the curriculum in the future, resulting in students being educated with a future focus. They will access a curriculum which will allow them to enter the workforce “work ready” not only for today’s business requirements but also for tomorrow’s.

Tertiary education providers will move towards cross-industry and cross-disciplinary learning and thinking. Universities will develop future labs, entrepreneurial hubs, co-funded industry and business research facilities which focus on connecting the creative minds of universities, students and businesses together. These spaces will be where students live, work and learn within state-of-the art facilities that challenge, empower and grow students allowing them to be job ready when they complete their courses.

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Outcomes:

  • Sandstone universities will become less relevant in the minds of the ‘i and millennial generations;
  • Students will be looking for a more complete educational experience that covers education, wellness, and connectedness and completing their study with a degree which is relevant and will allow them to be work and job ready.
  • Modern well equipped education facilities that provide students with access to global lecturers versus local based lecturers will gain traction.
  • Students will demand more than ever before from their tertiary provider;
  • Universities will need to find ways to keep the ‘i and millennial  generations connected while studying. This may involve having study planners, student support services that keep them connected and motivated to complete their course, apps that monitor the students’ progress and engagement in the course, with student mentors linking up with the student to uncover or overcome any issues being experienced.
  • Universities need to change their internal structure from being internally focused to customer focused in order to survive

Implications:

  • Shift in the mindsets of students in terms of what tertiary providers need to be;
  • Universities need to adapt quickly to the changing environment
  • Universities and traditional tertiary education providers will continue be challenged and threatened by the new educational disruptors
  • University professors and lecturer’s need to be able to better connect to their customer (the students) in order to keep relevant in the future
  • Universities need to transform themselves into customer focused education or face diminishing student numbers as students seek out the best universities, with the best local and international lecturers that given the student the ability to be future ready and job fit.
  • Poor performing lecturers, professors and academic staff will disappear from universities as students get the ability to rank and report on the performance of the education providers themselves.

 

 

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