On 10th of June 2013 (1 PM Brussels time / CET), as part of the "Future Fridays" series of webinars on Futurium, Stephanie Fahey, Oceania Lead Partner for Education at Ernst & Young, and Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director General of Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), shared their vision on the Future of Education.
According to Stephanie, the education landscape will be very different in 2050 compared with what we see now. In fact, it will be characterized by a “blurring of boundaries” between:
As a result of the blurring effect, academics will witness a change in their role, which will become radically disaggregated compared with what it is now. Today’s professors are expected to contribute to research, education and to the overall university community. In the future, the role of the academic will be broken down into specializations: "star" academics will be the presenters recorded for broadcasting of lectures. There will then be others focusing solely on research activities. Finally, there will be the curriculum designers, combined with others who will be responsible for translating the syllabi into formats suitable for the online learning environment.
Stephanie's full vision on the blurring boundaries in the future of education is available here.
In response to Stephanie's vision, Xavier discussed the likely policy outcomes and implications of blurring boundaries in the future of education.