In their 2017 book The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, authors Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott explore the implications of demographic trends towards longer lives on work and careers. The resulting need to work for longer and the concomitant shortening of the shelf life of skills, likely will result in the need for new models of post secondary education where work and study are interwoven over a life or learning and working, and academic institutions and funding models will need a radical redesign.
This is one important thematic strand of our research on the future of workplace learning, how post-secondary academic institutions are changing to reflect the new reality of work , how they too face disruption driven by technology and social change, and how they are innovating in response. Increasingly we see progressive institutions forging new partnerships with industry to help define and grow the talent pipeline for the future, and to help re-skill and up-skill displaced populations.
The following episodes represent three strong voices in the debate, and a great overview of the forces at work and the opportunity to rethink corporate and academic partnerships, and showcase some of the leaders think through the challenge and opportunity.
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Start with a great overview from Dr Sean Gallagher, Founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, and who also works at the college as Executive Professor of Educational Policy. He discusses the impact of digital on the Higher Education sector and how the sector coping with the challenge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In this episode Marie A. Cini, Ph.D., who’s the President of Strada Education Network affiliate CAEL (the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning).makes it abundantly clear that corporate-public collaboration on re-skilling and up-skilling will need to play an important role in the aftermath of the Pandemic, and we’ll need new models.
Founder and CEO at edX Professor Anant Agarwal, talks about one of the most innovative forces in reshaping access to post-secondary education, the MOOC. And, shows a glimpse of a future that’s already here with ‘stackable’ credentials where we can design our own degrees across multiple institutions.