At Holon IQ’s Global Impact Summit in October, our Chief Academic Officer Sue Kokonis joined Studiosity founder Jack Goodman and Tim Dodd, Higher Education Editor at The Australian to explore the drivers of change in higher education and the emerging models, partnerships and approaches available to us as we negotiate that change.
Here are some key excerpts:
“If we time travel a graduate from 2022 forward by five years, they are likely to be interacting with colleagues/clients/customers in completely different ways than we can currently imagine, far beyond our contemporary use of big data sets and social media communication channels. The successful employee of the future will need to be able to handle change, be agile in upskilling, and possess emotional intelligence to negotiate the interface between technology and humans. We have a duty to prepare students for a high-tech future.”
The challenges of quality online learning
“Many of the challenges of learning practical skills online are being addressed by virtual laboratories, coding rooms and digital spaces that allow real time collaboration on design briefs and projects. Students are able to practice medical procedures, prepare for education placements and build skills to manage difficult conversations via immersive simulations that combine AI and actors or responsive branch scenarios that students can interact with.”
“We have a much better understanding of what students want and need in the online context than even a couple of years ago. And while technology is critical, it needs to be the seamless enabler of the main act, in which human interaction and connection still play a large part.”
Disruptors in the market
“At this stage from an employer’s perspective, while shorter industry-based courses are valued, it is currently only in the IT space that employers are actually preferencing them over degrees. Whether other industries will follow is still up for debate. If more options become available and widely accepted as pathways towards careers, students may increasingly weigh up their investment of time, resources and fees. Short courses backed by industry partnerships are likely to further increase the pressure on traditional higher education offerings.”
How universities can respond
“The university of the very near future may require a Chief Content Officer who can ensure degree offerings are responsive to knowledge areas that are in short supply, offering innovative, personalised learning experiences that foster connection with other students, industry and researchers, across a range of credentials from bite size upskilling to deep dive qualifications.”
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OES & Engineering Education Australia (EEA)
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University of Auckland Business School
We hope everyone has a restful break during the university shutdown period and festive season. We look forward to engaging with you in the New Year.
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