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Automation versus jobs: a new model

How will automation impact tomorrow’s jobs?  I and others have been exploring this increasingly urgent question, with an eye towards the intersection of education and society. The Foresight Alliance team just added to the discussion with a new publication, combining … Continue reading

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Several visions of the future of higher education

What might higher education become in the next decade? I shared several scenarios with NACUBO, the excellent American higher ed business officers’ group.  They are based on the following possibilities: The development of decent software-based tutors Continued growth of the … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #4: the bubble bursts

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m continuing my series of educational dystopias. 4. The Bubble Bursts This dystopia is more focused on higher education than the previous ones.  It’s about a perfect storm … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #3: the new gilded age

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m continuing my series of educational dystopias. 3. Gilded Age 2.0 This dystopia is a world of extreme inequality.  After the mid-twentieth century’s reduced imbalance of wealth, the … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #2: cyberpunk world

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m continuing my series of educational dystopias. 2: Cyberpunk world This is close to the future imagined by cyberpunk science fiction writers back in the 1980s and 1990s.  Looked … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #1: triumph of the silos

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m starting up my series of educational dystopias. 1: Silos stand tall In this world silos have become the dominant life form in information architecture.  Closed and … Continue reading

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A week of educational dystopias

This past Friday I keynoted a Penn State World Campus conference.  While the event was very energetic and forward-looking, my talk was ultimately quite gloomy, because I focused on offering negative visions of higher education’s future. That was a new approach for me.  Generally … Continue reading

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