The future of the educational ecosystem

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The future of the educational ecosystem
We are experiencing critical changes driven by the accelerated development of technology and new social interactions. A recent study suggests that these changes cannot be addressed with our current educational system. Faced with this reality, the process of transferring knowledge and skills must be transformed. There is a need for a new educational ecosystem for societies to prosper. What are the characteristics of this new ecosystem?

Status of education according to the World Economic Forum 2018
Today, many of the efforts done by universities do not respond to the needs of students and society. Moreover, most of the information and knowledge on which the world economy bases their decisions come from universities research. Therefore, a profound educational system transformation is vital.

Open educational resources are gaining track
The costs of books and databases such as SCOPUS are limiting the access to scientific and academic information. Given this situation, open access is making its way into universities and governments and there is more free scientific information than ever before: it is estimated that there are more than 1,200 million works with a Creative Commons licenses.

Udacity launches first flying cars Nanodegree program
Udacity just launched a program to prepare the next generation of air transportation engineers. This two-term nanodegree aims to give students the knowledge to master technologies in planning, controls, estimation, fixed-wing aircrafts, system identification, mission optimization, fleet coordination, flying car systems, and write code for real aircrafts, among other subjects.

What we are reading

  • Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness
    With 1,182 students enrolled, this is the most popular course in Yale's 316-year history. (The New York Times)

  • Adapting to the Lifelong Learning Culture: How and Why Postsecondary Institutions Must Shift
    We are living in a changing world that demands a constant and permanent state of learning. (The EvoLLLution)

  • The university of the future will be interdisciplinary
    Traditional departmental structures impede the evolution of universities. (The Guardian)

  • The Dangers of Keeping Women Out of Tech
    In the technology industry, women occupy only one fifth of the technical roles. (Wired)

  • Why Companies and Universities Should Forge Long-Term Collaborations
    Companies are increasingly turning to universities to have access to the best scientific and engineering minds. (HBR / Paywall)