“It’s So Funny, How We Don’t Talk Anymore” – How can we balance wellbeing and social interaction with our advancing use of technology?
Aaron Taylor, Principal and Education Sector Lead, Stantec.
With technology advancing at an exponential rate, we are challenged in predicting which tools and types of spaces are required to support learning in future generations.
We will explore ways that innovative new workplace environments integrate the use of technology with flexible, multi-purpose spaces for collaboration, quiet time and social interaction. Breaking the cycle of merely plugging technology into traditional environments but seeking how technology has enabled new approaches to learning, ideas and collaboration.
Wellbeing and social interaction must be key drivers, balancing the opportunities for human contact with an ability to find personal space to suit the individual.
Stargazing: Predicting the needs and behaviours of our future residents
Bobbi Hartshorne, Global Head of Student Wellbeing and External Relations, GSA Group
Taking insights from several Gen Z articles and emerging trends in other industries we will explore how these could translate into the higher education world. Combining this with our early experience of this generation in the past 3-years, we will forecast what demands they might place on us, particularly in reference to their accommodation requirement.
As HE becomes increasingly globalised, how can Universities and accommodation operators adapt their product and service offering to meet the needs of this globally homogenous generation whilst balancing their cultural differences?
Looking closer to home, how will our domestic student body change its behaviours and what could we do to support them over the coming 5-10 years?