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Future of Tech: reports with a difference

I have been thinking back to last year, and these are the most significant reports that made me think about how innovation is scaling and speeding up…what are the education needs we need to fulfil?

little girl using VR viewer

Bournemouth University Festival of Learning

  • The UK Parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts (May 2018) points to skills development lagging behind expectations of the workplace as the pace of technological change accelerates
  • The adoption of automation and AI technologies will transform the workplace as people increasingly interact with ever-smarter machines. These technologies, and that human-machine interaction, will bring numerous benefits…they will also change the skills required of human workers..accelerate from 2016-2030 (MacKinsey 2018)
  • ‘Despite major investment in TEL, we are not seeing major changes in the way technology is being used to support teaching, learning and assessment’ (UCISA 2018)
  • Significant challenges impeding Higher education TEL adoption – a ‘wicked’ challenge – complex to define, much less address’ Rethinking the role of educators (NMC Horizon Report 2018)


As part of the LearningLayers meeting in Aachen, we were invited to visit the RWTH Augmented Reality ‘Cave’. Only words to describe the experience –  this is what it would be like on a real ‘magic flying carpet‘! Incredible being able to fly around the whole statue and it’s surrounding geographical area – what a great project recreating this lost artefact. The importance and significance of the loss are reported in the Unesco Report (2013)

“Enclosed between the high mountains of the Hindu Kush in the central highlands of Afghanistan, the Bamiyan Valley opens out into a large basin bordered to the north by a long, high stretch of rocky cliffs. The Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley comprise a serial property consisting of eight separate sites within the Valley and its tributaries. Carved into the Bamiyan Cliffs are the two niches of the giant Buddha statues (55m and 38m high) destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, and numerous caves forming a large ensemble of Buddhist monasteries, chapels and sanctuaries along the foothills of the valley dating from the 3rd to the 5th century C.E.”

The technical report on the project can be accessed here:

And an excellent thesis around the concepts underpinning this type of technology: