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Professors around the globe face many challenges in educating future workforce. Recruiters look to employ adaptive individuals for industries dominated by disruption, innovation, and circular thinking.

In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, how do professors plan course material that will be future-proof and not become quickly obsolete?

The core foundations of teaching are unlikely to change. They are:

  • showing a caring nature
  • being a good listener,
  • developing self-belief in students,
  • sharing knowledge and skills in a consumable way,
  • making a positive impact

Ways of applying the above teaching traits have evolved over many generations. Professors must continually concern themselves with how, why, and what they teach, whilst keeping one eye on the future.

How do you teach for the future when you don’t know what it looks like?

Course material can quickly become outdated, just spare a thought for those who took ‘Concorde Studies’ before the aeroplane was retired in 2003.

So, if the content of a course may not be relevant in a few years, it is surely future-proof skills that professors must develop in their students, but what are some of those skills?

  • Adaptability
  • Curiosity
  • Information Consumption
  • Data Pattern Recognition
  • Creative, Critical, and Strategic Thinking

How professors go about teaching these five skills is up to them, but through a mixture of experiential learning such as simulation and role play, and encouragement for self-study, professors can get their students to build their own skills in real-world situations.