In Blackboard’s “Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education” report, featuring interviews with education experts, there are equal doses of optimism and acknowledgment of the many ways the current US Higher Education system is “unsustainable” and “ill-suited.”
What are the main risks and challenges education and learning organizations should be ready for both in higher ed and elsewhere? The experts respond.
For Mike Abbiatti, it is cyber security, including the institutional readiness and the appropriate staffing that coordinate to fend off threats opportunely.
For Susan Aldridge, it is a mistaken idea of personalized learning that fails to be relevant for students on an individual level, does not take full advantage of the power of technology, and undercuts the sense of community building.
For Marie Cini, it is wrestling with an ever-changing landscape on an institutional level while moving forward towards a long-term vision.
For Myk Garn, it is a paradoxical scenario where overreliance on technology “eats culture for breakfast,” and institutions lose their unique values to fall into an arms race only the well-endowed are guaranteed to survive.
For Robert Hansen, it is the faculty-driven paradigm from “the 20th century” where institutions are not “market-driven” enough and leadership is not “entrepreneurial” enough.
For Chris Jennings, it is the lack of ownership in students choices, where choices and feeds are increasingly in the hands of algorithms they are not expected, let alone required, to understand.
For Amy Laitinen, it is the untested belief that “the gospel of higher ed” still works, and that the current structure, from degrees and all the way down to classroom mechanics, does a good enough job in satisfying learning demands of the modern student.