Online Learning Update

June 17, 2021

Educating the deep generalist for tomorrow’s world

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

Salil Sahadevan, University World News

No one specific skill will be enough in the future. Instead, we need a way of thinking that connects multiple fields, says Vikram Mansharamani of Harvard University. Deep generalists are modern-day polymaths, whose knowledge is deeper than that of generalists and broader than that of specialists. The idea is not to discard specialisation; on the contrary, it is to blend knowledge units from different fields and make each one of us a cross-disciplinary thinker. Most of our educational choices are currently guided by the logic of the past, which favours specialisation. We need to overhaul this and create new tools to address an uncertain future.

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