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Publication date: 14 August 2017

Tom P. Abeles

After three centuries, the second major transformation from the original Bologna institution is changing, but theory-induced blindness is forcing a major disruption rather than a…

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Purpose

After three centuries, the second major transformation from the original Bologna institution is changing, but theory-induced blindness is forcing a major disruption rather than a gradual change. This conceptual paper aims to identify the pressures and the needed restructuring occurring to both the physical campus and the embodiment of the function of the faculty and the institution.

Design/methodology/approach

The university in its current form is economically unsustainable. It is an impractical structure for creating new knowledge and for transmitting such knowledge. It needs to respond to changes in education, to demands of those seeking or underwriting the purpose and particularly to the advances in the areas of information and communication technology and artificial intelligence systems.

Findings

Education, pre-kindergarten through adult, is becoming continuous and seamless across time and knowledge creation and acquisition. Universities, with exceptions, cannot stand alone as creators and adjudicators of valid knowledge either within the current idea of education or separate from knowledge creation outside of academia.

Originality/value

Those individuals within academia have a significant investment in the current system. Like many in other industries, the changes are producing changes and stress that will take time to respond, particularly as those who are now entering already will have the prerequisite capabilities to adapt and accelerate the change.

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On the Horizon, vol. 25 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Publication date: 9 May 2016

Tom P. Abeles

Education from PreK to Grey, internationally, has reached a tipping point. Although the area has a vast literature outlining the issues at hand, there is no consistent vision on…

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Purpose

Education from PreK to Grey, internationally, has reached a tipping point. Although the area has a vast literature outlining the issues at hand, there is no consistent vision on how to get beyond the criticism and to propose a clear path forward, particularly in a global, interconnected world.

Design/methodology/approach

On the Horizon, a foresight academic journal, with a strong focus on education is committing the quarterly issues to encourage critical analysis and define paths to addressing the issues at hand. It is seeking: research supported, analysis, scenarios and other futures tools for visioning, and the use of multi-media vehicles for experiencing and demonstrating opportunities, including games/simulations, interactive vehicles and “maker” options.

Findings

The foresight literature offers a rich set of methodologies for exploring potential futures, weighing the effects and providing strategic options. Yet, few of these have been critically applied to the PreK to Grey arena of education, particularly in a globally connected society with new entrants to the field and the increasing capabilities of artificial intelligence.

Originality/value

The study in this issue/volume of On the Horizon provides a platform to focus educational change and resituate it in the larger international societal frame.

Article
Publication date: 9 May 2016

Tom P. Abeles

This paper aims to explore how the introduction of robots and artificial intelligence raises questions regarding the role of “work” not just in meeting societal material needs but…

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Purpose

This paper aims to explore how the introduction of robots and artificial intelligence raises questions regarding the role of “work” not just in meeting societal material needs but challenges the idea of work as an underlying paradigm of human society, particularly as personal identity.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper takes the form of an editorial opinion piece.

Findings

“Work” is a defining characteristic of an individual. The entrance of robots and artificial intelligence could be a greater challenge to an individual’s sense of well-being and identity than only for filling traditional functions and basic needs of society.

Social Implications

The question is raised as to the psychological and social implications of the “immigration” of a new “culture” in the form of artificial intelligence and robotics beyond a local or regional basis.

Originality/value

The increasing presence of robots and artificial intelligence not only offers alternative ways for society to function but also sharpens the challenges that one culture faces when confronted by other communities who are able to fill traditional positions beyond the traditional one of “work”.

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On the Horizon, vol. 24 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Article
Publication date: 1 January 2006

Tom P. Abeles and David Pearce Snyder

To introduce this “all review” issue, comprising a diverse mix of volumes reviewed by a broad spectrum of individuals.

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Purpose

To introduce this “all review” issue, comprising a diverse mix of volumes reviewed by a broad spectrum of individuals.

Design/methodology/approach

This article calls into question the future viability of conventional print publishing in general, and the continued use of academic journals both for the dissemination of current research and as the primary means of assessing the work of academics for the purpose of promotion and tenure. It further suggests that the world of clicks and bricks is merging, and that there will be a competitive struggle to determine the value of various paths for knowledge dissemination.

Practical implications

The article suggests that, with the introduction of electronic transmission and storage of knowledge – cheaply, securely, interactively and readily accessible – the future market for, and use of, traditional academic journals needs serious reconsideration and repurposing.

Originality/value

The article provides a challenge to both The Academy and its co‐dependent publishing industry to openly address the techno‐economic realities confronting each, and suggests that much that is currently being done in response to the emerging internet world simply involves the superficial conversion of “bricks” to “clicks,” rather than an honest effort to deal with the transformational issues and opportunities at hand.

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On the Horizon, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Article
Publication date: 1 July 2001

Tom P. Abeles

This editorial continues the consideration of forces acting upon the university, both internally and externally. Particularly focuses on the impact of partnering. Suggests that…

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This editorial continues the consideration of forces acting upon the university, both internally and externally. Particularly focuses on the impact of partnering. Suggests that outsourcing is now a firm part of the delivery of higher education and the issue is to what extent this has or will continue to occur. Looks also at the concept of “co‐opetition” where institutions in one country have partnered with those in another. Suggests that the nature and rate of change present difficulties in terms of future planning for universities.

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On the Horizon, vol. 9 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 2001

Tom P. Abeles

This editorial looks at some of the forces that are acting on the university, both internally and externally. We look at the impact of globalization in this article.

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This editorial looks at some of the forces that are acting on the university, both internally and externally. We look at the impact of globalization in this article.

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On the Horizon, vol. 9 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Article
Publication date: 1 September 2001

Tom P. Abeles

On the Horizon was born in the mind of our current Editor Emeritus, Jim Morrison, as an environmental scanning journal. Published for a number of years by Jossey‐Bass, On the…

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On the Horizon was born in the mind of our current Editor Emeritus, Jim Morrison, as an environmental scanning journal. Published for a number of years by Jossey‐Bass, On the Horizon was acquired by a small, selective, house in the UK, Camford. Today we are pleased to announce that OTH will be published by Emerald, http://emeraldinsight.com, a major international publisher of over 130 professional journals. Beginning with Volume 10, in January 2002, OTH becomes a quarterly, doubled in size with expanded features, longer, more in‐depth articles, and a global focus, as it adds regional editors to its board.

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On the Horizon, vol. 9 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Publication date: 1 May 2001

Tom P. Abeles

This editorial continues our look at some of the forces that are acting on the university, both internally and externally. In this issue we look at the impact of lifelong…

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This editorial continues our look at some of the forces that are acting on the university, both internally and externally. In this issue we look at the impact of lifelong learning. Universities use great expenses to recruit students, but are not retaining them as part of the community once they have graduated. The loss of alumni from the community is a great disadvantage to the institution and actively discourages collaborative learning.

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On the Horizon, vol. 9 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Article
Publication date: 1 November 2001

Tom P. Abeles

Filtering out useful bits of information, in a world awash with information, is becoming very costly. Not only must we consider the information itself, but we must also consider…

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Filtering out useful bits of information, in a world awash with information, is becoming very costly. Not only must we consider the information itself, but we must also consider the factor of time. When in time and space is it important and what is its half‐life?

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On the Horizon, vol. 9 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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Article
Publication date: 30 January 2009

Tom P. Abeles

This paper aims to outline the challenges that the current forces of technology change pose for the traditional K‐16 education system and to assess whether the rise of the social

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Purpose

This paper aims to outline the challenges that the current forces of technology change pose for the traditional K‐16 education system and to assess whether the rise of the social networking web 2.0 internet provides the opportunity and sufficient power to influence the change.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is discusive and explores the key issues.

Findings

The paper finds that technological change is in motion throughout education, but the majority of efforts are simply transferring brick spaced learning into “click” or internet space which validates the possibilities of educational technologies, but scarcely realizes them. Real change will happen outside of the system.

Practical implications

There exists a strong possibility that the existing K‐16 system will fragment into a variety of overlapping pieces, including a divide between the “haves” and “have‐nots” and a fragmented curriculum.

Originality/value

This paper highlights some of the challenges that the current forces of technology change pose for the traditional K‐16 education system.

Details

On the Horizon, vol. 17 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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