What do I think education should look like at Birmingham in 2026? I would be very happy if the words in the title were rearranged into the order:
1) Learning outcomes
I would be even happier if we had a situation where the students define their own learning outcomes. After their degree what do they want to know and what do they want to be able to do? The interesting issue is to ask them how they think they should best be able to demonstrate that they have achieved their learning outcomes. In other words they define their own assessments. So what about the teaching? Once we know the LOs and the Assessments we (led by our students) can facilitate the learning that links the two components, in other words, teach.
What will happen in this brave new world of 2026? I don’t think the LOs would be radically different from what we currently have. The assessments would most likely to be more inclusive and authentic (and not involve writing interminable essays under controlled conditions) which would impact on both retention and employability. The teaching would be a lot more interesting and diverse for both staff and students, So, what’s not to like about giving students control over their own curriculum?