Innovation Skills for 2030

We participated in a Humber Inspired workshop that discussed strategies for building and boosting the innovation competencies of skill building and education towards 2030 at Humber College. There is more public funding in research available in Canada than the entire G7, of which applied research, academic research and experimental development are all part, and reliant on interdisciplinary problem-solving. How can digital transformation foster improved collaboration, without alienating some learners over others?

Three critical trends to watch for in this new age are that of demographics (in Canada, educational enrolments of Indigenous and international learners will only rise more exponentially vis-a-vis others that have flatlined), digital transformation (AI is just one aspect, but modality and web3 are huge areas of opportunity and impact with using technology to personalize learning), and climate change solutions for a resource-rich country that shows high self-sufficiency in food security and energy-self-sufficiency, but remains vulnerable to the dire consequences of human-induced climate change including forest fires in the West damaging air quality and creating homelessness to hurricanes and tornadoes devastating the Eastern Coast.

Highlights from the workshop and discussions included a technology panel featuring leaders from Microsoft, eCampus Ontario and Humber College that urged faculty, staff and students to forecast, backcast, and plan towards meeting the upcoming opportunities in education delivery in enduring and sustainable ways. We workshopped meeting the student engagement opportunity across a range of programs leading up to 2030.

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