I’m in Palmerston North today presenting alongside George Siemens and others at the Vice Chancellor’s Symposium: 2010. The theme of the day is ‘connected learners’ and I’ve been asked to speak on Millennium Learners: Implications for Higher Education.
My three main points regarding Millennium learners are summarised in the slide I’ve included here:
- Disintermediation – students are now ‘free agents’ with their learning, making choices that no longer tether them to a particular institution, or even a particular lecturer.
- Ubiquity – learning is now available any time, any place and through any device – mobile technologies and the cloud are important here.
- Personalisation – we need to be more concerned with how we create learning opportunities that cater for individual student needs and preferences.
Implications for Higher Education include:
- Content – What is it today, what will define it tomorrow?
- Culture – To fit in to the existing or to create anew?
- Competition – What are the new business models?
- Control – Who controls the learning process?
George Siemen’s presentation to the symposium is available here.
My presentation is available here.