How does technological change impact higher education?

Technology is the main driver of change in today’s globalised society. The education sector is no exception, and as such, it is facing a large-scale transformation process.

Over the course of the year, participants in this block will delve into the effects and consequences of the technology boom in higher education. Through debate and reflection, we will identify the main changes on the horizon and determine what impact online platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and blockchain will have on the sector and how the user experience can be improved.

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Future challenges in this area:

From the initial digital level to unknown futures.
Various online learning platforms have been launched in recent years (such as Coursera, edX, and Udacity). This type of platform offers a very clear value: ‘learn something right now and receive a rapid validation of this knowledge’. In other words, they have reduced the value of ‘transmitting knowledge’ in traditional business schools because such knowledge is now abundant and widely accessible. However, most platforms are still at a very early level of development.
From massified knowledge to personalisation.
As access to the transmission of knowledge has been converted into a type of ‘commodity’, one of the pillars of traditional teaching institutions remains their ability to create unique learning experiences. However, there are now technologies that enable customised learning experiences to be scaled.
From the traditional business model to the 100% disruptive model.
One of the pillars of educational institutions is their ability and credibility for validating knowledge. However, we are witnessing a process of decentralisation and disintermediation.

Key questions to answer:

What will be the characteristics of the next generation of learning platforms?
How can we learn what is not possible today?
How will AI influence the creation of personalised learning experiences?
How will personalised lifelong learning processes be consolidated?
Based on protocols similar to blockchain, how can we imagine the future of a business school in a scenario of maximum decentralisation?

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