Perspectives on the Future of Education: Ed Leaders Weigh-In, Part 7


This blog is one in a series on the future of education. Mario Herane, Vice-President of Development at Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile, offers insights on the below questions around the future of education, and how technology plays a role in learner success.

How will teaching and learning practices over the next 10 years have to evolve to serve the learners of the future?

The current social and technological transformations need us to re-think how we can connect with future learners with more engaging and active methodologies, embracing technology and its application in every discipline. Meanwhile, there is a need to develop soft skills like creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and leadership. I see a model that through technology, we can provide an ecosystem that allows interdisciplinary collaboration and connecting people through the world. I envision an experience where the professor becomes a guide to co-design paths of knowledge using public and private content from sources like YouTube, to be used in top research universities anywhere. A true life-long learning structure that articulates formal and informal education, with personalized routes of knowledge based on what each individual is trying to achieve will help them fulfill their professional purpose.

What role will technology like analytics and data play in improving outcomes for learners in the next decade?

Technology and data will be key to succeed in this new era of learning. It will allow us to understand, predict, propose, and provide learning paths, pulling all the pieces together to transfer knowledge. Personalized learning paths will use data to push content, formats, and methodologies, based on what systems are learning from the performance of each student, optimizing their individual pathway at every step.

How will the college/university of 2030 be different than today?

It’s hard to predict 10 years ahead when technology is speeding up in an exponential way; however, I see a more collaborative environment between institutions. Students will be able to connect their learning processes, recognize previous experience and education, and interact with peers based on their individual needs. Universities will be open to everyone who wants to learn, and content will be structured and delivered in smaller portions that will be certified and kept in a digital portfolio. The format of delivery will always include an online piece, but the mix of online and blended learning will be dependent on the need of the student. Research will be highly important as well since it will be the core area where the institution will develop new knowledge to then be connected with the teaching and learning structure of the institution.

What role will technology partners play in helping shape the future of how education is delivered?

The core functions of a University are to create, transfer, and disseminate knowledge. Technology partners should allow us to increase our impact in every dimension, including better courses, more student engagement, increase retention, and increase access. Technology partners are key to success in this transformational phase of education since they will allow us to leverage our capacities and expand our reach.

Mario Herane is the Vice-President for Development at Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. Herane’s experience includes the successful development of educational institutions in the U.S. and Latin America. Has led the setup, management, and continuous improvement of higher education institutions.

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