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The next 10 years will see dramatic changes in the future of education. The concept of the classroom will be adaptable to different learning environments and content. Inside the classroom of the future, you will have a blend of real and virtual instructors, and your classmates next to you may be physically located in different parts of the world. Your classroom environment can be instantly transformed from a traditional class to external learning environments such as museums, zoos, laboratories, or any place in the world. Your course is no longer limited to the pace dictated by your instructor or the levels of your classmates, but by yourself. Schools will be defined by their customized content that teachers create from universal course repositories. You can custom design your curriculum based on your interests and abilities together with the requirement of the schools. You have instant access to your progress through many levels of assessments and automatic feedback for improvement.
A roadmap to achieve the classroom of the future described above has won honorable mention in the Future Technology Predictions Competition organized by the Proceedings of the IEEE and will appear in the June issue of the journal. In another paper, "The State of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Engineering Education: Where do we go from here?", we review and compare the current platforms and technologies available in the online engineering education arena, proposed a model for combining MOOCs with live university courses, laid the groundwork for open standards for engineering education, summarized the international challenges ahead, and discussed the implications for future educators and students. We are in the dawn of the turning point in education, as MOOCs, fast broadband connections, and new technologies come together to define a new phase in education. Institutions should focus on creating global insights into how technologies can serve both our own universities and educational institutions everywhere. Although new education technologies will change rapidly, existing universities and institutions can capitalize on their strengths that MOOCs cannot offer, such as instant feedback, live interaction, individual attention, and impromptu assessments. Long-term viability for universities will be dictated by the value and cost to students, academic credit received, and value of that academic credit to potential employers. Educators can thus manage the vast educational content to pave the way for integration of MOOCs in the future virtual classrooms.