«Smarter learning in the future»




Rob Koper


Digital technologies are used more and more in higher education; however, the system of higher education has changed to a lesser extent. In this keynote I will explore how new technologies could help to learn better and faster in the future without the inflexibilities of the current higher educational systems. I will explore answers to discussions on questions like:

  • 1) What do future learners actually need to learn and why? Issues: factual knowledge can be found easily on demand; more and more tasks can be performed better by computers & robots.
  • 2) How do learners learn? Issues: can we learn in a more personalised way and in our own tempo, without losing the social aspect of learning, how can be better connect to interests and pre-knowledge? How can we learn faster?
  • 3) Where do learners learn? Issues: schools, universities, at home, at work, what is the importance of face-to-face contacts in higher education?
  • 4) When do future learners learn? Issues: is it really needed to learn a couple of years in isolation before starting to work.


Author's Biography

Rob Koper 

Rob Koper is a distinguished (university) professor at the Open University of the Netherlands with a specific focus on the innovation of (higher) education. He has been leading many different large-scale innovation projects in online and distance education, including the development of different generations of the digital learning environment of the Open University of the Netherlands. The last years he is focused on the design of a next generation smart(er) learning environments that go beyond the current generations. In his personal research he is interested in the social and cognitive aspects of human learning, the effective use of ICTs to support human learning and the improvement of educational institutions to facilitate better teaching and learning. Furthermore, he is active in various committees for the quality assessment of higher education in the Netherlands and abroad. He has written more than four hundred scientific contributions in journals and books, and has developed many different ICT systems to support learning and teaching.

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