Are you curious about the future of learning?


By Nick Burnett 

We were given the privilege of delivering a keynote at the 2018 Combined QLD Principals Associations’ State Conference. The purpose of our keynote was to be both provocative and also to share some opportunities and reasons for optimism. In this post we are going to share just a couple of the activities we undertook with participants and also reflect on what emerged from one of them.

Activity 1: Education in 2030

(Huge respect and thanks to Holoniq ( for providing the scenarios and also the data from the feedback from conference participants.)

We just want to draw attention to the text to the right-hand-side of the photo below:

“Global Education Market to reach $10 Trillion by 2030”

Participants were then informed of five possible scenarios about the state of education in 2030 and asked as table groups to decide which they thought was most likely:

Education As Usual – Scenario 1

Traditional education institutions remain the trusted source of learning and the most effective vehicle for jobs and prosperity. Higher Education consolidates, global talent platforms emerge and government remains the core source of funding around the world.

Regional Rising – Scenario 2

Regional alliances dominate the competitive education landscape, supported by strategic and political cooperation. Cooperative blended delivery and regional talent hubs cross-load labor supply and demand to strengthen regions.

Global Giants – Scenario 3

This global free market environment has fostered the emergence of ‘mega-organisations’ with ubiquitous brand recognition and the scale to achieve significant efficiencies and industry power.

Peer to Peer – Scenario 4

Learning online through rich, personalized human to human experiences dominates the post-secondary and skills training sectors. Blockchain technology fundamentally reconfigures credentialing and unlocks the collective creativity and IP of teachers.

Robo Revolution – Scenario 5

AI drives a complete reversal in ‘who leads learning’, with virtual tutors and mentors structuring learning paths, providing assessment tasks, giving feedback, adjusting according to progress and organizing human tutoring when needed.

The Results

Many thanks to Patrick Brothers, HolonIQ Co-Founder and Managing Director who provided links to all the relevant information. His brief feedback (there are results from across the world on the HolonIQ website) was: “Really interesting results, Robo Revolution in last place is not so common but Peer to Peer as #1 is on trend for sure.”

For those who want to look at the detail, here are the live results: QASSP Education in 2030 results

Activity 2: How can we think big enough to be future ready?

After being deliberately provocative with Activity 1 we also then wanted to share our optimism and opportunity to work together to not only survive but to actually thrive in a largely automated future.

So we then spent some time sharing the FutureWe Framework developed by Jonathan with input from the FutureWe Community and we would encourage you to visit for more information of the framework shown below and to see who’s been involved in its development.

We’d encourage you to check both yours and your school/organization future-readiness here and feel free to share with others.


Nick Burnett is an education and learning entrepreneur, author, presenter, and executive coach with a foot in the future and the present. This article was originally published on LinkedIn and has been published with permission.


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