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Mega Trends on the Horizon: From AI/Blockchain/Alternative Credentials To What The Future Will Hold

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Invited presentation at Research and Innovation for a Digital Society: International Conference on Distance Learning, Bangkok, 2-3rd August 2019.

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Mega Trends on the Horizon: From AI/Blockchain/Alternative Credentials To What The Future Will Hold

  1. 1. https://www.litify.com/future-law-ai-revolutionizing-legal-industry/4th-industrial-revolution/
  2. 2. A Teaching Assistant named Jill Watson
  3. 3. @mbrownz
  4. 4. 1. False promises 2. Competing futures 3. Venturing beyond the tracks
  5. 5. 2019 Conference Dublin
  6. 6. @mbrownz
  7. 7. 1. False promises
  8. 8. “With the coming of the New Media, the need for print on paper will rapidly diminish. The day will soon arrive when the world’s literature will be available from The Automatic Library at the mere pressing of a button” (Uzanne, 1994; cited in McFarlane, 1997, p.173).
  9. 9. (Uzanne, 1894; cited in McFarlane, 1997, p.173). “With the coming of the New Media, the need for print on paper will rapidly diminish. The day will soon arrive when the world’s literature will be available from The Automatic Library at the mere pressing of a button”
  10. 10. “I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks,” (Thomas Edison, 1922)
  11. 11. Project Plato 1960s
  12. 12. Gartner Hype Cycle
  13. 13. Off-Campus in Class Off-Campus Out of Class On-Campus in Class Formal Informal On-Campus out of Class Physical VirtualLeakage
  14. 14. “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Amara’s Law
  15. 15. 2. Competing digital futures
  16. 16. 28http://futureuniversities.com 2018
  17. 17. 2018
  18. 18. 2018
  19. 19. 2018 https://www.icde.org/models-for-online-open-flexible-and-technology-enhanced-higher-education
  20. 20. Different interest groups and stakeholders are borrowing the same ‘languages of persuasion’ to legitimize very different agenda
  21. 21. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • MAJOR WORLDVIEWS Knowledge Society COMPETING DIGITAL FUTURES • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • Personalized learning • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Education for citizenry • Sifting agent • Human capital • Social cohension • Cultural heritage ReconceptualizingDeschooling ReschoolingReproducing
  22. 22. Education in Change Education for Change Navigating Through Entangled Narratives
  23. 23. 3. Venturing beyond the tracks
  24. 24. AccessQuality Cost Iron Triangle
  25. 25. Three waves… 1. MOOCs for marketing 2. MOOCs for lifelong learning 3. MOOCs for credit and CPD pathways
  26. 26. https://www.icde.org
  27. 27. • Mini modules • Study mobility • Credit pathways • Joint degree programs • International scholarships • Cost • Access • Quality • Flexibility • Innovation
  28. 28. Around the table…
  29. 29. “If you continue to take the same journey, then don’t expect to discover exciting new destinations”
  30. 30. (adapted from Barnett, 2011)
  31. 31. Critical Consumers Critical Citizens RECONCEPTUALIST FRAMEWORK (Delors Report, 1972) LEARNING TO BE LEARNING TO KNOW LEARNING TO DO LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER Critical Thinkers
  32. 32. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you

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