Higher ed thought leaders forecast 2015 trends: Presidents and other thought leaders look ahead on cost, technology and learning.” They called me for my thoughts which I offered up in a concise way:
Trend: When it comes to the future of education, it’s all about “just-in-time knowledge.” Increasingly specialized careers and skills, and accelerating technological change, mean more organizations will need people who can deliver the right skills, at the right time, for the right purpose. Knowledge development and deployment will accelerate to keep up with trend.
The article offers up a good variety of opinions on the future of education; it’s an industry that is ripe for and in the middle of some pretty significant disruption. I’ve done a lot of keynotes in this space, as seen on my Education Trends page.
As I noted in one of the posts there, “In essence, we’re living in a period of time that is witnessing these trends unfold at blinding speed, all related to the evolution of knowledge.
- Rapid knowledge obsolescence
- Rapid knowledge emergence
- Disappearance of existing careers due to 1)
- Rapid emergence of new careers due to 2)
- An ongoing need for continuous knowledge replenishment because of 1-4
- The migration of knowledge generation further away from academia (i.e. community colleges, high end manufacturing skills) because of the need for faster new knowledge deployment
- A massively increased challenge from overseas knowledge generation
- The fast emergence of new micro-careers because of specialized knowledge
- An economy that succeeds through knowledge deployment
- A fundamental transformation in knowledge delivery