Non scholae, sed vitae discimus
What will the future bring in lifelong learning?
Back when Danny Van Assche (UNIZO) was still at school, there was a Latin saying above the board: “non scholae, sed vitae discimus” – we don’t learn for school, but for life. This beautifully illustrates the future of lifelong learning, according to the managing director of the business association, “A diploma only indicates that we have learned how to learn. All the rest comes after. I am positive that the necessary change of mentality for lifelong learning will also be effective. Digitalisation is forcing us to do so. We are already continuously learning.
The software programs we work with are constantly changing, so we learn to work with them. Even when we buy a new smartphone, or when a new Nintendo comes out, we learn to use it. So the mentality for lifelong learning is effectively already there. Younger generations are used to adapting to new changes.”
Karine Nicolay (national coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Education)
“At Georgia Tech there were 350 students and 9 assistants to support the teachers. One of the assistants was replaced by an AI bot, which none of the students noticed. What’s more, they nominated the AI bot for the best teacher award. This was mainly because the AI bot came up with answers very quickly. For example, when students asked which programming language to use for a task, the system immediately came up with an answer.
When students had to send an email to the teacher first, they sometimes had to wait hours or even days to get an answer. Some delay even had to be built into the AI bot, as it would otherwise not seem human. After all, its answer came faster than a normal person can type.”
Marion Debruyne (Vlerick Business School)
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