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Future ready education

The 4Cs of hyperconnected world.

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The new approach aims to encourage different kinds of learning, shifting from facts to problem solving, individual work to collaboration. In other words, instead of skill-oriented instruction, this topical structure prioritizes the four Cs—communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration—skills that are central to working in teams, a reflection of the 'hyperconnected' world we live in today.

Redefining education is critical to envisioning the future of work for the next generation, and that ultimately means assessing which skills are less prone to disruption from automation fueled by robotics and artificial intelligence. Skills that will take the longest for exponential technologies to replace, that is, still make humans useful, are in fact the four Cs.

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What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

To tap on human potential.


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Hello Teo,
I would be please to collaborate with you to elaborate a proposal for the idea phase.
My proposal :

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Will need to consider how to integrate your proposal into redesign of higher education.
Maybe we could brainstorm on this during the idea phase.

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