Ahead of HEFi19 Conference, Joseph Berry from HEFi talks about about Education 4.0, and considers how a nexus of new and pervasive technologies could impact higher education in the very near future.

The HEFi Conference on June 20th-21st is open to external participants as well as internal staff for the first time, and will address questions about Education 4.0 and the impacts of Industry 4.0 on education, learning and teaching.

The 4th Industrial Revolution will result in significant changes to many graduate-level occupations. Artificial intelligence will replace some existing skills and tasks while creating new job opportunities. Knowledge production will become more distributed and knowledge increasingly accessible as digitisation continues apace and the range, scale and quality of online learning grow. Global megatrends in demographics, increased intolerance of inequality and the fast pace of change in the labour market will lead to new demands for learning that is lifelong, personalised, bite-size, integrated and industry-linked, supported by agile micro-credentialling systems.

In some respects, this future is already here.

If you have an interest in these issues, join us at this year's conference, which will consider questions about the ‘next generation’ university, and explore ways in which higher education learning and teaching must evolve to ensure graduates are ready for their futures.