The Future of Learning: New Ways to Learn New Skills for Future Jobs



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Starting date: May 2009
Duration: 18 months

Client: European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture, Unit Jean Monet, partnerships and relations with agencies (EAC A3)



It is acknowledged by policymakers and researchers that a fundamental transformation of education and training throughout Europe is needed, not only to maintain existing levels of education and training in the population, but also to develop the new skills and competences required if Europe is to remain competitive and grasp new opportunities. To direct policy action appropriately, a methodologically sound approach is needed, outlining possible visions of a European knowledge society in 2020 and indicating emergent novel competences and ways of acquiring them. The aim of this foresight activity is to contribute to this vision building process by providing a range of imaginative visions on the key components of creative and innovative learning in Europe in 2020.


Key findings:

The central future learning paradigm is characterised by lifelong and life-wide learning and shaped by the ubiquity of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Personalisation, collaboration and informalisation (informal learning) will be at the core of learning in the future, giving rise to new ways of learning and new skill requirements at the same time.


Key challenges:

To illustrate and better understand how future learning strategies can address key challenges to learning and training, a number of "persona" were created (see below). For each of them, ideal future learning scenarios were developed. To see some of these go to our Youtube-channel.


Consultation and Dissemination Activities

  • Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) Lunchtime Conference (Brussels, 9 November 2011):
  • Conference on Self-regulated Learning in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments: Challenges and Promises, STELLAR NoE, 1 October 2010, University of Barcelona   
  • Policy Workshop: "New Ways to Learn New Skills for Future Jobs": Implications for education, training and skilling policies (JRC IPTS – DG EAC, Madou, 27 May 2010)
    The objectives of this workshop were to share and discuss with EU policymakers the preliminary results of this ongoing foresight study and to jointly discuss possible strategies for policy actions in the light of the implications of the future visions and scenarios, thus providing some insights for both, policy makers and researchers on feasible policy options.
  • Online stakeholder consultation on the future of learning
    As part of the Future of Learning project, a range of imaginative scenarios have been designed, illustrating some of the more salient changes to learning strategies and pathways over the next 10 to 20 years. From March to June 2010, four surveys were launched to collect expert insight into the Future of Learning and investigate important aspects and changes more in depth:
    • Part I: The future role of teachers, the changing roles of institutions, and the issue of inclusion
    • Part II: Lifelong Learning - Labour Market Re-intergration, Re-skilling, Up-skilling
    • Part III: Key issues and challenges for future learning in 2025
    • Part IV: The Future of School Education in Europe

  • eTwinning Conference, 5-7 February 2010, Seville
    At the 2010 eTwinning Conference, which celebrated 5 years of eTwinning, JRC IPTS conducted two foresight workshops with teachers from all over Europe to complement and validate the findings of the FORCIEL study. eTwinning is an online community for schools in Europe, bringing together teachers from all over Europe to find each other, meet virtually, exchange ideas and practice examples, team up in groups, learn together in learning events and engage in online-based projects. This conference brought together nearly 500 invited participants from across Europe, including eTwinning teachers, international experts and representatives from the European Commission and the Central and National Support Services (CSS and NSS). The first workshop session focused on new ways of learning, whereas the second session discussed future competence needs, learning objectives and ways of assessing knowledge. More information on the Conference website.


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Project Leader: Christine Redecker, christine.redecker(at)ec.europa.eu
Theme Leader: Yves Punie, yves.punie(at)ec.europa.eu