Griffith University

How we work is changing

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The old notion of us having a singular career is gone. With artificial intelligence, driverless cars, the Internet of Things and endless computing advances, we're heading to a world of digital saturation, global connectivity with everything and longer work lives.

Professor Nick Barter discusses in this video how we can continue to add value in a more complex world.


If you'd like to find out more about the future world of work, you may wish to read the following article and consider the following reflective questions;

  • Are the ten skills of the future workforce being developed in your workplace?
  • Are there only six drivers of change or are there more drivers to consider?

Davis, A, Fidler, D, Gorbis, M (2011) 'Future Work Skills 2020' The Institute for the Future for University of Phoenix Research Institute.


1. In a digitally saturated future, working in teams will involve:

2. With the rise of artificial intelligence, people are going to:


How we think is changing

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Your brain is an amazing organ. However, the modern world is now flooded with information and we need to train our brains to work differently so we can continue to make good decisions.

Dr David Trembath discusses how in this video.


If you'd like to find out more about the future of our cognitive capabilities and the internet, you may wish to read the following article and consider the following reflective questions:

  • Do you treat the Internet like a transactive memory partner and what are the implications of this behaviour on the world around you, your relationships, the organisation you work for and the institutions you interact with?
  • Has the Internet become part of your cognitive tool set? If so are you equipped to master this tool for your purposes?
  • Do you think the 'inter-mind' is a viable concept that could enable more ambitious undertakings? If so in what are the challenges of your industry that need to be tackled?

Wegner, D. M, Ward, A. F. (2013) 'The Internet Has Become the External Hard Drive for Our Memories' Scientific American


1. In an age of digital saturation, people are relying on their working memory more so than their long term memory.

2. Our best graduates and those most future ready are skilled in:


How we learn is changing

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The expert in your study area is no longer necessarily "in the room" with you when you learn - technology is bringing the world's experts closer to you every day.

Dr Sarah Prestridge discusses in this video how it's now up to you to negotiate your own learning journey, with the help of your lecturers – who you might now start to look at as your "critical friends".


If you'd like to find out more about online learning and collaboration, you may wish to read the following article and consider the reflective questions:

  • Are the challenges of online collaborate any different to the challenges of collaboration in an off-line classroom?
  • Knowing these potential challenges, what strategies can you employ to ensure you optimise your collaborative experiences when studying?

Capdeferro, N. and Romero, M., 2012. Are online learners frustrated with collaborative learning experiences?. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 13(2), pp.26-44.


1. A great tool for learning is to develop a mind map, this is because it will allow you to discuss with the lecturer the things you need or want to know and a good academic will help you on this journey.

2. A benefit of digital connectivity when learning is that:



You've now had a taste of what it's like to study online with us.

Next we explore more about learning in the digital world, including connecting with others and types of assessment. Plus you'll hear what our students are saying about learning online.