The publication summarizes the results of the project “Access, Equity and Quality: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age” implemented by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education in 2014-2016. The project was aimed to identify the current trends related to the use of open and online education and to bring evidence to the debate about the future changes expected due to the use of new approaches to teaching and learning, new technologies and new forms of content developed for higher education.
How will higher education evolve over the next 15 years? How might technological changes impact the society, labour market needs, higher education systems and institutions? How can and do countries and institutions address these changes? In what ways are the skills required by the market changing? How should higher education institutions adapt to the changing learning needs? What impact will the availability of new technologies and online resources have on how people learn? Are national systems of recognition of learning outcomes and credentialing prepared to accommodate the results of open education? Answers to these questions and opinions of experts from 48 countries are presented in this publication.
The book is meant to raise awareness of higher education stakeholders such as policy makers, managers of higher education institutions, academics, researchers and students, as well as of all readers interested in education development trends.