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NO.341 09.04.2017

“People are the Key to the Fourth Industrial Revolution”

Professor Taeho Yu of the University of Virginia published Education is Hope in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Amid the expectant anxiety surrounding the advent of Industry 4.0, the publication of a new book Education is Hope in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Kyung Hee University Press, 2017) coincides with a new phase in the evolution of education. Professor Yu, an expert in educational technology and learning theory at the University of Virginia, Va., suggests a new trajectory of educational evolution in terms of learning environment, educational methodology, learning theory, and possible changes to the traditional concept of a learner.  

21st century leaders must be equipped with a critical and creative mind

It has been widely predicted that the Era of Fourth Industrialization will be “technology-dominated” in the sense that new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 3D Printing, Big Data Analytics, and many others will take the decisive and unprecedented lead to alter human behavior.

But Professor Yu claims that the future will be quite the contrary: he thinks it will be “human-dominated.” He said, “The majority of problems we will encounter in the future will be new, complex, and ambiguous that will require flexible yet critical thinking and creative approach to solve. Accordingly, the education of future must be focused on equipping the people of 21st century with a creative mind.”

Knowledge of future is ‘knowledge of sharing’
In his book, Professor Yu describes how new technologies such as VR, AR, robots with AI, blockchain technology, educational big data analytics, and so on will make changes to education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 


Professor Yu said, “If knowledge up to this point was primarily ‘received’ from teacher to student in linear transmission, knowledge in the new era would be ‘shared’ in the sense that the divide among producer, transmitter, and consumer of information will be largely removed. Presently the education in Korea is centered on preparing and improving future job performance based on knowledge and technique. But we should not lose sight of developing core capability and competency.”

Professor Yu then said, “I hope this book would stimulate readers to think of future and possible changes in education and to embark on a journey to find their own answers.” He plans to continue his research on how education and technology can positively affect the future of a learner. 


Professor Nathaniel Taeho Yu graduated from Kyung Hee University and earned a Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of California, San Diego. He then received a Master’s degree and a PhD in Educational Technology at Purdue University. He is currently an associate professor at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of the University of Virginia. Professor Yu is actively lecturing in Korea on the topic of education in the Era of Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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