Introduction: New Opportunities for Development?

  • Amber Dailey-HebertEmail author
  • Kay S. Dennis
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 6)


What might our future look like if higher education focused on the needs of humankind and the enablers for meeting those needs? How might our reality change if we embraced the complexity and uncertainty surrounding us and leveraged them to the advantage of the learner (and society as a whole)? We begin this chapter with questions that have helped to shape a growing conversation on the need for higher education to shift dramatically from its traditional paradigm. It has been said that higher education is broken, that we have fallen behind the emerging trends of our time. It has also been said that higher education is the indispensible cornerstone of culture and society. We assert that revolutions in education have already occurred worldwide and will continue to shape the face of learning as we know it. As lines blur across all forms of learning – be it informal, formal, traditional, professional, networked or otherwise – shifts in our perspectives and understanding are necessary to accompany such change. This chapter outlines concepts for consideration as we challenge ourselves to participate in innovating the future of learning.


High Education Lifelong Learning Meaningful Dissemination Informal Learning Network Learning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Adult and Continuing EducationPark UniversityParkvilleUSA

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