Autonomous vehicles, air taxi drones, and advanced robotics, oh my! We’re barely a month into 2018 and this year already feels like something out of a science fiction novel. Advancements in technology are occurring at an unprecedented rate, reshaping our culture, economy, and world.
If you’re in higher education, you’ve already noticed technology’s profound impact on our industry. But what about moving forward? How will technology impact the future of education? And what can you do to prepare?
To answer these questions, we gathered three continuing education experts for a one-of-a-kind webinar on everything you need to do now to succeed in a transformational economy.
Co-hosted by Jenzabar and UPCEA, the webinar brought together industry experts Jim Fong, Meni Sarris, and Scott Weimer. Together, they explored a host of shifts within continuing education, including:
- Credit vs. non-credit
- Centralized vs. decentralized
- Demographic shifts
- Advances in technology
- Identifying and meeting the needs of an evolving workforce
- Custom and contract training
“I really look at 2018 as being a very transformational year,” said Fong, pointing to the new ecosystems of automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. “There are a lot of things that are starting to gain traction and become norms.”
Technological, generational, and economic shifts all play a vital role when it comes to reshaping higher education. “A four-year degree cannot and will not keep pace with these changes—and a two-year degree will have a hard time as well,” said Fong.
However, rather than view these changes as setbacks, both Fong and Sarris see them as catalysts for growth. “I look at [these changes] as an opportunity for continuing education to play a [vital] role,” said Fong.
As an industry, continuing education has a unique opportunity. “I anticipate a lot of schools taking traditional credit programs and creating noncredit programs and certificates to get students into the classroom, equip them with the tools they need, and then get them into the workforce,” said Sarris.
In effect, by embracing demographic and workforce shifts, continuing education can become the very tool through which nontraditional students can adapt and thrive.
Watch the full webinar here!