Can edtech partnerships bring lifelong learning to all?

This article presents information on how the pandemic is shaping employers’ investment in their staff and ways of edtech companies and partnerships can help life learning for those without means to do so.  However, from reading this article my understanding is that those who already possess the ability to go to university benefit from these partnerships the most. I am concerned that this could create a larger gap from those financially unable to attend four-year higher education institutions.  Also, taking into consideration that the only mention of inclusivity in the ECIU system. I wonder if the United States could manage a partnership similarly for a wider range of students gaining from the education system. Here are some quotes from the article that stood out to me:

“The Dutch platform Toekomst van Arbeid (‘Future of Work’) indicates that employers typically invest in the development of their employees if this benefits the organisation and if the organisation has sufficient mass to sustain an infrastructure for training and development.” 

“Lifelong learning has come a long way. At its heart lies the interaction between the world of higher education and the world of work. But if it is to become ‘universal’, universities’ lifelong learning strategies must be both responsive and scalable. Responsiveness implies the capacity to react to socio-economic and market demands through the knowledge, skills and competences an institution develops in learners. Scalability denotes an institution’s capacity to absorb more students (providing an equal quality of education) as flexibilisation increases.” 

“Perhaps a key advantage of a university-edtech partnership lies in its potential to deliver lifelong learning to ‘the masses’. A university-edtech partnership can bridge the gap between the promise of education providers to offer relevant education and the demand from businesses and individuals for specific skills and competencies.”

” The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) is trying to offer several lifelong learning pathways at very low or zero entry cost in order to make them more inclusive. However, we do contend that partnering with edtechs is an efficient way to deliver lifelong learning. Universities remain the organisations that offer a degree or certificate that stands for a certain quality. But a university-edtech partnership is an innovative way of providing opportunities for affordable education to individuals who wish to develop new skills or obtain a degree flexibly.”

Maya Sykes

One Response to “Can edtech partnerships bring lifelong learning to all?

  • Joshua Nesmith
    3 weeks ago

    Maya thank you for your contribution. I believe that education and edtech should be available to more and all.The second quote that you added above really stood out to me due to the fact of Universal/Universities – universal higher education should be considered as a whole and for all. It could be rooted in capitalism, but most colleges, universities, schools, etc. operate at a business level in order to make profit; when the education should be promoted and available to all as this is a basic human right.

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