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The future of higher education: how technology will shape learning

Author: The Economist Intelligence Unit
Organisation: The Economist Intelligence Unit
Publish Date: 2008
Country: Global
Sector: Education
Theme: Futures
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Higher education, Technology, Learning

Technological innovation, long a hallmark of academic research, may now be changing the very way that universities teach and students learn. For academic institutions, charged with equipping graduates to compete in today’s knowledge economy, the possibilities are great. Distance education, sophisticated learning-management systems and the opportunity to collaborate with research partners from around the world are just some of the transformational benefits that universities are embracing.

But significant challenges also loom. For all of its benefits, technology remains a disruptive Innovation and an expensive one. Faculty members used to teaching in one way may be loath to invest the time to learn new methods, and may lack the budget for needed support. This paper examines the role of technology in shaping the future of higher education.
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