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.
VIRTUAL LECTURES FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Imagine in 5 year’s time ‘attending’ a lecture from anywhere in the world. The development of tools such as Google Glass, Facebooks Oculus VR, other wearable devises and the use of holographic telepresence will bring digital participants by students from even the most remote locations in the world right into the classroom of the future all in 3D.
With holographic technology a lecturer will be able to present to multiple students in lecture theatres across the world in real time. Imagine studying medicine and seeing an operation live using holographic telepresence, all in 3D, or studying Roman History and taking a virtual, live trip to the Colosseum.
All this and more will be possible in the coming years. Higher education providers need to use the emergence of augmented reality devices from Google Glass to Oculus and understand how this will transform campuses and the education experience of students.
- 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
- 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.