Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education

Van Davis, Blackboard Blog, Aug 29, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post announces and summarizes a new publication (44 page PDF) of the same name. It's a bit of a misnomer, as it is in essence a set of thirteen interviews with academics on the future of education. It's interesting reading, but if I had to characterize the interviewees with a single word, it would be "executives" rather than "futurists", and their view, collectively, is steadfastly rooted in the present. Without irony, Van Davis writes, "erhaps Mike Abbiatti... summed it up best when he opined, 'If we can, in some way, move higher education into an organization that has a true conversation across the continuum of the organization...'" Cue the heralds.

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