The future of learning: preparing for change

Christine Redeker, Miriam Leis, Matthijs Leendertse, Yves Punie, Govert Gijsbers, Paul A. Kirschner, Slavi Stoyanov, Bert Hoogveld

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    To contribute to this vision-building process, JRC-IPTS on behalf of DG Education and Culture launched a foresight study on “The Future of Learning: New Ways to Learn New Skills for Future Jobs”, in 2009. This study continues and extends IPTS work done in 2006-2008 on “Future Learning Spaces” (Punie et al., 2006, Punie & Ala-Mutka, 2007, Miller et al., 2008). It is made up of different vision building exercises, involving different stakeholder groups ranging from policy makers, and scientists to educators and learners. The majority of these stakeholder consultations were implemented on behalf of by a consortium led by TNO of the Netherlands with partners at the Open University of the Netherlands and Atticmedia, UK. The detailed results of these stakeholder discussions have been published in dedicated reports (cf. Ala-Mutka et al., 2010; Stoyanov et al., 2010; Redecker et al., 2010a). This report synthesizes and discusses the insights collected. It identifies key factors for change that emerge at the interface of the visions painted by different stakeholder groups and arranges them into a descriptive vision of the future of learning in 2020-2030. In a second step, the report discusses future solutions to pending challenges for European Education and Training systems and outlines policy options. Based on the descriptive vision presented in the first part, a normative vision is developed of an ideal learning future, in which all citizens are enabled to develop their talents to the best and to foster their own wellbeing and prosperity as well as that of the society they live in as active citizens. Strategies fostering such a vision and the policy implications supporting it are presented and discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLuxembourg
    PublisherPublications Office of the European Union
    ISBN (Electronic)978-92-79-21472-1
    ISBN (Print) 978-92-79-21471-4
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2012


    • life long learning strategies
    • school education
    • personalisation
    • collaboration
    • e-portfolio's
    • social networks
    • open educational resources
    • flexible environments
    • online educational resources


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