Learning from the future
Loes Damhof is Senior Lecturer in 21st Century Skills within the Communication and Multimedia Design program at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. She focuses on the skills, knowledge and attitudes students need in order to stand their ground in the face of an uncertain future.
In the 21st century we need to prepare our students for an uncertain future, for jobs that do not exist yet. This often results in teaching and learning skills as digital literacy, communication, critical thinking. But how can one be prepared for the unknown? Instead of preparing ourselves for uncertainty, we need to learn how to embrace uncertainty and how to use the future to innovate the present. Futures Literacy is a crucial 21st Century Skill in higher education that helps to prepare the next leaders and decision-makers for the future. They will not only shape the debate, but also demonstrate a different outlook on our actions today.
In 2016, Loes was voted “Dutch Lecturer of the Year 2016” based on her creative, innovative and passionate way of teaching in Dutch higher education. Learn all about her specialization on the 2017 PhD Day!