Question: What can a person who is in their mid-seventies and 3 months from retirement offer the field of education as a whole?
Answer: A lot; especially if that person is Tony Bates.
For years he has been actively trying to apply his well-documented wisdom to predict the future of higher education in the developing world, and this month he publishes a vision for the 5- to 10-year time horizon that may cause some interesting reactions from a variety of higher education people including administrators, instructors, researchers, students and leaders alike! Entitled 2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond, it highlights several key aspects that are being considered at this moment:
how online learning and onsite learning are being blended, and how physical barriers to student access to courses are being removed
how some higher education institutions might grow their enrollments by being market leaders in mainstream programs while smaller institutions may have to seek out niche marketing strategies
how tuition fees in the future may be dependent on the level of service and support that a student wants instead of fixed prices determined by the nature of the program or course in question.
the trend to decrease the time spent delivering conventional face-to-face lectures
how many institutions may begin to eliminate the concept of final exams in favour of outcome-based assessment involving a student’s ability to work collaboratively, to exercise skills and to show progression of their competence in the domain
how students will have increasing choice in when, what, where and how they obtain their various educational credentials
how the demand for access to lifelong learning opportunities will continue to grow
Lots of fundamental and profound ideas are found in Tony’s full article. Read it – don’t skim it. After you read it, how does it make you feel? Did he miss anything? Is he off-base with one of his ideas? Leave a comment below if you like. Add Post To: