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Four predictions for student success in Australia’s knowledge economy

Mona Pradella

Mona Pradella

Apr 1, 2017

Today's model of education delivery has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Educational change is not entered into lightly, and rightly so - as a society we need to ensure the best for students, for teachers, for social and economic well-being. Nevertheless, it's clear now that employers, students, and their families in Australia’s knowledge-based economy are getting impatient. So we brought together experts from two leading universities and two leading secondary schools, to help shine a light on the future of formal learning.

An Australian-first forum

Hosted at The King’s School in NSW, the Studiosity (formerly 'YourTutor') Forum ‘Student success in an ‘uber-ised’ world’ provided a platform for discussion about contemporary teaching and learning, assessment of student improvement, and self-directed skill development for the careers of tomorrow.

Without further ado, here's what we found out, and as always, there were some new questions raised.

1. Extra-curricular skills will be more important

How are innovative schools getting students ‘future ready’ for their careers, preparing them to interact with people from all industries and professions? What can schools do today to adapt? 

Watch the video below (2.5 minutes).


2. Learning to learn will be more important than content 

What skills will students need for jobs that don’t even exist yet? And how do educators teach their students those skills that help them to become self-directed, lifelong learners?

Watch the video below (2 minutes). Subtitled.


3. Writing and reasoning will be core to all subjects 

With communication as a core skill in any profession, what can we do to improve our students’ writing and reasoning capabilities?

Watch the video below (2 minutes). Subtitled.


4. Educators will guide more, hand-hold less

Educators will create learning environments where students are able to own their learning. The role of feedback will change from an afterthought to the main purpose. Hear directly from a student about his own experience, and the role of feedback in his personal learning journey.

Watch the video below (3 minutes). Subtitled.



An incredible panel of experts. Our warmest thanks again for your generous participation and contribution to Australia's most important dialogue: the success of our students and economy.

Tim Hawkes at the School Leaders' Forum 2017.jpg Dr Tim Hawkes, Headmaster at The King's School, Parramatta NSW
Mitch Parsell at the School Leaders' Forum 2017.jpg Dr Mitch Parsell, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University
Ellen Brackenreg at the School Leaders' Forum 2017.jpg  Ellen Brackenreg, Executive Director, Participation and Success at Western Sydney University
Scott Dickson at the School Leaders' Forum 2017.jpg Scott Dickson, Director of Learning at Tenison Woods College, Mt Gambier SA
Jack Goodman at the School Leaders' Forum 2017.jpg Chaired by Jack Goodman, Founder and Executive Chairman of Studiosity


You can also download the transcript of the panel discussion here.  

The School Leaders' Forum is part of Studiosity's leadership series. It brings together the movers and shakers in education to discuss challenges and innovative solutions for learning and teaching in the secondary and tertiary space.

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