Looking at present teaching-learning trends and how technology is being used in this area, I believe there will be radical changes in future universities whose existence will definitely be different from present-day universities.
Traditional universities that exist today as large campuses with many faculties will likely still stand in future but universities of tomorrow will have a very different setup - firstly because distance learning is becoming more workable as a practice due to significantly improved electronic communications technology and lifestyle changes resulting from the information revolution contributed mainly by the internet.
I would thus speculate that future universities, while still maintaining and preserving their main role as institutions of higher learning, will be physically much smaller in real estate size in comparison to their traditional counterparts, which have many small branches or specialized schools scattered across various geographical sites.
If electronic communications continue to improve at the present rate, very soon fast and efficient connectivity will make distance learning even more easily realized. When that happens, there will no longer be any need for traditional classroom lectures. The latter may still remain but will likely be significantly reduced in importance.
Instead of attending 40 hours of lectures for a particular course, this can be reduced to perhaps eight hours of classroom lectures. In reality, the concept of flexi-hours can be adopted by future universities very much like how it is being implemented today in the work environment in advanced Western countries. This would thus reduce the need for classroom space and administrative offices in future universities.
It is amply evident that the teaching-learning process has changed significantly over the years. The last two decades have witnessed the following:
Due to changes in the teaching-learning process, the roles of the learner and teacher have also changed. For the learner, the biggest change in learning can perhaps be set out in the points below:
Aside from the above, there will also be key changes in the way teachers teach. These are outlined in the points below:
Finally , there will be changes in the way universities operate: