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The affordances blended learning offers are now well understood, and its flexibility, ease of access, and the integration of sophisticated multimedia and technologies are high among the list of appeals. The current focus of this trend has shifted to understanding how applications of digital modes of teaching are impacting students. Many findings showcase an increase in creative thinking, independent study, and the ability for the student to tailor learning experiences to meet their individual needs.
NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

Many experts believe that blending formal and informal methods of learning can create an environment that fosters experimentation, curiosity, and creativity. An overarching goal is to cultivate the pursuit of lifelong learning in all students and faculty. Institutions are beginning to experiment with flexible programs that provide credit for prior learning and competencies gained through employment, military, or extracurricular experiences. However, there is a lack of scalable methods of formally documenting and assessing skills mastered outside of the classroom and adapting pricing structures and financial aid models to fit new degree options.
NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

It needs to ensure that young people not only acquire foundational and technical skills, but that they are able to deploy those skills in an increasingly enterprising way – as active problem solvers and communicators of ideas, equipped with a more entrepreneurial mindset and appetite for ongoing learning. Young people today will need to develop their cognitive and emotional skills to a much higher level.

Within this future, young people are likely to be disproportionately affected. Many of Australia’s young people are currently training for jobs that will significantly changed by automation.

For many future jobs, new skills and knowledge will be needed as part of the core competencies. While some persist in characterising it as a curriculum-based problem — the emphasis being on increasing the number of students studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) — at a fundamental level all workers will need the skills to interact with digital technology, regardless of whether they study physics to year 12 or not. A range of ‘soft’ skills (such as communication, empathy, creativity and adaptability) complement other ‘harder’ skills and are useful to navigate changes in job requirements. In short, while an innovative economy requires the development and use of skills in many disciplines and at a variety of levels, there is no skills-related silver bullet.

There is also a question as to whether measurement issues matter in the context of national accounts collections given that many of the digital services driving consumer benefits (like map services in smartphones, or vehicle sharing schemes) pertain to the use of non-market time or resources. Even if consumer surplus is rising, the gain is in the household sector of the economy, rather than in measured production.

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from “The Futurist Cookbook: 11 Rules for a Perfect Meal and an Anti-Pasta Manifesto circa 1932”

The Futurist culinary revolution … has the lofty, noble and universally expedient aim of changing radically the eating habits of our race, strengthening it, dynamizing it and spiritualizing it with brand-new food combinations in which experiment, intelligence and imagination will economically take the place of quantity, banality, repetition and expense.

This Futurist cooking of ours, tuned to high speeds like the motor of a hydroplane, will seem to some trembling traditionalists both mad and dangerous: but its ultimate aim is to create a harmony between man’s palate and his life today and tomorrow.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti quoted from The Futurist Cookbook: 11 Rules for a Perfect Meal and an Anti-Pasta Manifesto circa 1932 (Brain Pickings)

Featured Image: Sortie de l’opéra en l’an 2000 public domain image from Wikimedia Commons: Created in 1902, “Print shows a futuristic view of air travel over Paris as people leave the Opera. Many types of aircraft are depicted including buses and limousines, police patrol the skies, and women are seen driving their own aircraft”