Toru Iiyoshi
Deputy Executive Vice President for Education / Director & Professor, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education Kyoto University


Over the last two decades, the emerging Internet-enabled open education movement has been transforming the landscape of learning and teaching in higher education both globally and locally. By making educational tools, resources, and knowledge freely and openly accessible to everybody around the world, the movement is beginning to radically change the cultures, values, systems, ecology, and economics of higher education. In short, open education is enabling all of us to learn anything, anytime, anywhere.

In addition to an abundance of these openly shared educational resources as well as the ongoing open innovation movement, the emerging applications of AI, VR, and AR in education provide us with enormous opportunities and possibilities to better support more personalized and collaborative lifelong learning, especially given our rapidly increasing ability to analyze and utilize big data.

Furthermore, some evolving pedagogical approaches, such as gamification, project-based learning, and peer instruction, are helping promote and accelerate the acquisition of critical skills and knowledge both for individual and social needs.

This talk addresses the following topics:

  • Overviewing how the radical transformation is being driven by emerging educational innovations, methods, and systems
  • Inquiring and reflecting on what, why, and how we learn in the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Exploring educational ecosystems that enable iGen and the rest of us to support and sustain more personalized, flexible, and on-demand lifelong learning
  • Identifying some of the critical elements and strategies for Inventing the “next-generation” higher education


Toru Iiyoshi is Deputy Executive Vice President for Education, and Director and a professor at the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education of Kyoto University. He also serves as Executive Director of KyotoUx, the institutional MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) initiative in partnership with edX.

Dr. Iiyoshi works with various international and national initiatives, projects, and organizations in an advisory role to provide vision and leadership in the development and distribution of innovative educational technology. Previously, he was a senior scholar and Director of the Knowledge Media Laboratory at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Senior Strategist in the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Iiyoshi has served as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education as well as a visiting professor of Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. He is a co-editor of the Carnegie Foundation book, "Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge" (MIT Press, 2008).