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Thursday, November 28 • 09:30 - 10:30
Keynote: New Learning Pathways in an Open and Digital World – What might the education landscape look like in 2030?

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Have you noticed that we see many creative ideas on how artificial intelligence can be harnessed in education and indeed on how open educational resources can enable more equal access to higher education and to better learning materials – but we are often less creative when we think of the resulting higher education landscape! Most foresight studies centre their ideas on how the university as an institution will look in the future. I will argue that we should start by re-envisioning people’s learning pathways. I will also argue that it makes sense to be bolder in our ideas of the role of higher education.
I will suggest that a leading vision for higher (or tertiary) education should be: To ensure that all members of society participate in higher education at some point in their lifetime.This might sound unrealistic, but with it I hope that we might achieve an important change in perspective. This vision might help us avoid the continuing exclusivity of higher education – which tends to privilege a certain age group (the young) and people of certain backgrounds (what we call in German education-proximal populations, e.g. those people, whose parents attended higher education).
This vision is also appropriate for the learning society we need, which will necessitate new phases of learning throughout everyone’s lifetime. Ignoring this in the case of higher education will only lead to a digital divide along the age groups, with older persons being left out of strategies to help them acquire the skills necessary to a better life in a digital world.
Of course, this vision can only be achieved if we can evolve a more differentiated approach to higher education that is more individualised and more closely linked to people’s learning pathways throughout their life and which takes account of informal and non-formal learning – and not just formal learning periods as ‘registered’ or ‘enrolled’ learner. I look forward to the discussion.

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Dominic Orr

Research Lead, University of Nova Gorica / Kiron Open Higher Education
Dr. Dominic Orr has dual citizenship in Britain and Germany. He has a doctorate in comparative education from the Technical University of Dresden and was recently appointed Adjunct Professor for Management in Education at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia.Dominic currentl... Read More →

Thursday November 28, 2019 09:30 - 10:30 CET
BL28 Carassa Dadda (plenary)