Each person has their own vision of the future, for themselves and for their family. What is our collective vision of the future - for our communities, for our countries, and for the world?
Futurium is a platform for Europeans to imagine not just one vision of the future, but many possible futures. It combines informal exchanges with methodological foresights to foster meaningful discussions and collaboration on policy ideas.
On the theme of “Learning,” the Futurium project predicts that education will be more flexible and personalized, supported by technological innovations that allow for powerful virtual learning experiences.
The project identifies several key issues in our current educational landscape that will shape the future of learning.
- Social networks, media and software are not currently designed with the goal of learning in mind and their use cannot be defined as a mainstreamed phenomenon in education and training, particularly in primary and secondary schools as well as vocational education and training.
- Personal Learning Environments, which are explicitly designed for learning, are still under-used or misused. Major obstacles are the lack of awareness on the side of both teachers and learners coupled with lack of digital skills (by both) and interoperability issues.
- Simulations and serious games have gained market shares in some areas of corporate training and professional development, whereas their take up by the education sector is marginal.
- How will we ensure universal access to and use of rapidly emerging digital technologies, particularly by currently under-served populations?
- How can we renegotiate the role of the state or public education systems in determining what citizens should learn? What conversations might emerge on the evolving roles of schools and professional educators?
- How can we maintain standardised and harmonised educational systems in a world of continuous changes, managing possible inequalities between educated and non-educated people?
- How can we meet the need for mainstream educational institutions to keep pace with the broad and rapid shifts in technologies and individual preferences?
- In what ways might we measure the learning efficacy and sustainable business (operating) models of the new technologies and the educational approaches they inspire?
- How can we put Big Data to use in evolving education? Big Data create opportunities to support new learning (by-doing) paradigms and to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of educational systems; they can support a new set of personalised eLearning and education applications, enabling best-matching between individual learning needs, cognitive capabilities and other contextual factors (e.g. learning on the move); data produced by future learning systems will provide much greater and deeper insight into the interests, talents, and skills of the citizenry.
- Revealing new insights: human learning and pedagogy could be supported by sophisticated algorithms which unearth valuable insights that would otherwise remain hidden.
- What performance improvements in learning might emerge thanks to technical augmentation of cognitive capabilities (e.g. neuro-implants) and widespread adoption of psychology?
- How do we tap the creative potential of those communities and populations not currently connected to and participating in online activities?
- Virtual and online education might produce greater short-term returns on investment due to the increase in student access and the lower logistical costs.
- If personalized and life-long learning prove effective, then society might gain a better educated, more adaptive citizenry.
- How might new educational systems emerge in which learning is conceived as a flow and where learning resources and opportunities are widely available?
What do you think education will be like in 2050? Join the discussion on the future of education on the Futurium project’s “Learning” page.
The purpose of the annual international scientific conference on "eLearning and software for education" is to enable the academia, research and corporate entities to boost the potential of the technology enhanced learning environments, by providing a forum for exchange of ideas, research outcomes, business case and technical achievements.
The central theme of eLSE 2013 is "Quality and efficiency in e-learning".
The conference is particularly focused, but not limited, on the following panels:
- Quality assurance and assessment of e-learning
- Metrics in e-learning
- Games based learning
- Mobile technologies supporting education and training
- Standards and standardization in e-learning
- Cultural dimensions of e-learning
- Management of e-learning systems
- Collaborative Learning
- Virtual Learning Environments
- Web-based Learning Communities
Resultaterne af omfattende analyser tyder på, at organisationer inden for kapacitetsopbygningsområdet generelt har en stor interesse i at opnå et kvalitetsmærke. I de fleste tilfælde er organisationerne interesserede i et værktøj, som støtter måling og forbedring af effektiviteten, hvilket bidrager til at sikre e-learning-programmers succes og gør det muligt at benchmarke i forhold til andre organisationer.
Den analyse, vi præsenterer i denne artikel, viser også, at organisationer er forskellige med hensyn til udbredelsen af e-learning inden for deres aktiviteter med henblik på kapacitetsopbygning. For at indarbejde disse forskelle er der blevet udviklet et mærke med to muligheder: et til enkelte programmer og et andet til institutioner.