A Lecture/Discussion By Professor Ed Frame. FUTURE TRENDS IN EDUCATION . “The problem with the future is that it keeps becoming the present” Calvin and Hobbes. Here Comes the Future. “Two things make a great futurist; a fascination and interest in change and you don’t want to get an mba.”.
“Two things make a great futurist; a fascination and interest in change and you don’t want to get an mba.”
At the colleges we seem to sometimes get “stuck in past” in terms of our teaching and courses offered. Future studies (futurology) allows us to examine possible happenings in the future based on our current knowledge and logical reasoning.
An increase in unusual college majors may foretell the growth of unique new career specialties. Instead of simply majoring in business, more students are beginning to explore niche majors such as sustainable business, strategic intelligence, and entrepreneurship. Other unusual majors that are capturing students' imaginations: neuroscience and nanotechnology, computer and digital forensics, and comic book art. Scoff not: The market for comic books and graphic novels in the United States has grown 12% since 2006. —THE FUTURIST, World Trends & Forecasts, Sep-Oct 2008.
1) The idyll of four years away from home-spent living and learning and growing into adulthood-will continue to wane.
2) More students will attend classes online.
4) The full-time residential model of higher education is getting too expensive for a larger share of the American population.
9) The faculty member may become less an oracle and more an organizer and guide, someone who adds perspective context, finds the best articles and research, and sweeps away misconceptions and bad information.
13) At the present rate of decline, the next two decades will see the percentage of tenured and tenure-track professors plunge into the single digits. (Look at the tenured colleagues to your left and right. Imagine them gone)
16) More faculty members will routinely spend two-week or semester segments teaching abroad, as part of joint or dual-degree programs with foreign universities.
Discussion Concerning “The Future of Learning: 12 Views on Emerging Trends in Higher education” and how Valencia might address the issues.
As a self-organized system the brain is designed for producing novelty.
Brain/machine interfaces (BMIs) would be posited on bio-feedback between neurons and bio-chips and driven by neuronal electrical impulses.
One area of AI interface will be the availability of “ideology chips” designed to augment intelligence.
Kurzweil states: “Today, our software connot grow. It is stuck in a brain of a mere 100 hundred trillion connections and synapses. But when the hardware is trillions of times more capable, there is no reason for our minds to stay so small” (1999).
With advances in virtual reality, computer simulations will become more efficient and nanotechnology will be crucial in this development.
OR PERHAPS JUST THE BEGINNING