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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Post Graduate - By PROF GRA­HAM KEN­DALL

ed­u­ca­tion to em­brace the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion? It is al­ways dan­ger­ous to make pre­dic­tions but here are a few thoughts.

Tech­nol­ogy, con­tent and lec­ture

The way we are in­ter­act­ing with the world is chang­ing. Stu­dents are now used to ac­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion through their mo­bile phones in­stead of desk­top com­put­ers, lap­tops or tablets.

As tech­nol­ogy con­verges, there will be less need for large com­puter lab­o­ra­to­ries. Con­tents will have to be de­liv­ered through medi­ums that are used by stu­dents, rather than ask­ing stu­dents to ac­cept legacy ways of con­tent de­liv­ery.

A com­mon lec­ture du­ra­tion is 50 min­utes and has been for many years. As at­ten­tion spans de­crease, we need to find dif­fer­ent de­liv­ery meth­ods to re­place the tra­di­tional lec­ture.


Mas­sive open on­line course (MOOC) has seen sig­nif­i­cant up­take in re­cent years, but no model is yet to emerge that meets all the chal­lenges that MOOCs present.

This in­cludes how to mon­e­tise, in­te­grate into a wider de­gree pro­gramme, en­sure the in­tegrity of the as­sess­ment and in­tro­duce some face-to-face in­ter­ac­tion.


Stu­dents may want to take cour­ses from many dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions to build a de­gree that is cus­tomised for them. This presents chal­lenges not only as to who awards the de­gree but in en­sur­ing that the con­tent ful­fils the re­quire­ments to­wards get­ting a de­gree.

There are also is­sues on ac­cred­i­ta­tion for pro­fes­sional bod­ies, qual­ity as­sur­ance, en­try re­quire­ments, fee pay­ment and global iden­ti­ties for uni­ver­si­ties.

If these is­sues could be ad­dressed, it opens up the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to third party op­er­a­tors who can enro stu­dents and match them with num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties. One of these new op­er­a­tors could be Uber/Airbnb of the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and coul quickly be­come the largest univer­sity in th

Un­less the higher ed­uca sec­tor acts now, it may fa same fate as the stageco op­er­a­tors. Let us act befo too late and we are disru the rail­ways.

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