The Future of Learning and the impact technology will have

Will robots teach us and where will online learning lead to?

Additional information: 9 eLearning Trends For 2018

We see a tremendous amount of change in the way we learn triggered by new technologies and by global e-Learning providers.

Getting an online iMBA from a top university is possible now and nothing unusual. But many more technologies have the potential to impact the way we and our children will learn in the near future.

We will look at learning technology trends and its uses cases that will most likely become stronger such as:

  • VR and AR
  • Intelligent Assistants/Chatbots
  • Gamification and Game-Based Learning
  • Adaptive or Personalized Learning Customized to Specific Learning Needs
  • Microlearning
  • Content Curation
  • Social Learning
  • Workforce Enablement


Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler

Ralph Eichler obtained his doctorate in Physics from ETH Zurich.

After being active as a researcher in the USA (Stanford University in California and LAMPF/Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility in Los Alamos/New Mexico) and Germany (DESY/German Electron Synchrotron, Hamburg), as well as at the Institute for Medium Energy Physics at ETH Zurich and as a project manager at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), he became a Professor of Physics at ETH Zurich in 1989. His scientific career then took him once again to DESY, this time as spokesman of the international collaboration H1, before he took on leading roles at PSI, firstly as Deputy Director from 1998 to 2002 and then as Director from 2002 to 2007.

From September 2007 to December 2014 Ralph Eichler has been President of ETH Zurich.

Ralph Eichler is member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and is Chairman of the Foundation 'Schweizer Jugend Forscht'. In addition, he is a member in the Board of Directors at Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd. in Biel.

He is member of the Venture Foundation and the Oberwolfach Stiftung.

He is member of the Board of Councillors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and member of the International Board of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).

Prof. Dr. Pierre Dillenbourg

A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984.

He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He has been assistant professor at the University of Geneva.

He joined EPFL in 2002. He has been the academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL (over 2 million registrations).

He is full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: "Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction ». He is the director of the leading house DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education systems (carpenters, florists,...).

With EPFL colleagues, he launched in 2017 the Swiss EdTech Collider, an incubator with +75 start-ups in learning technologies In 2018, he co-founded LEARN, the EPFL Center of Learning Sciences that brings together the local initiatives in educational innovation.

Dr. Lukas Fässler

Dr. Lukas Fässler is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich.

He obtained a PhD from ETH Zurich in 2008 about Computer-based Tutoring and Online-Learning.

As a lecturer, he teaches over 1000 students a year from Life- and Environmental Sciences in Computer Science.

Together with his team he created a virtual programming laboratory where students solve practical problems using real data from their area of study, which won the KITE-Award at ETH Zurich last year.

James Tuck

Responsible for leading the European Enterprise business at Udacity, the fastest growing learning platform in the world.

Udacity's mission is to democratize education. We're an online learning platform offering groundbreaking education in fields such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, virtual reality, and more. Focused on self-empowerment through learning, Udacity is making innovative technologies such as self-driving cars available to a global community of aspiring technologists, while also enabling learners at all levels to skill up with essentials like programming, web and app development.

Roman Brügger

Roman Bruegger is the Managing Director of the Swiss EdTech Collider, located at EPFL Innovation Park, where he is in charge of supporting a community of +75 ed-tech entrepreneurs and startups as they seek to grow and find partners and customers.

He has more than 20 years of experience in business and management and holds an international MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Before leaving his native Switzerland for California, he worked for several years in the financial industry.

During his time in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, he was involved with the world of education and entrepreneurship, working for an international school, a global SaaS EdTech company and Khan Lab School, a laboratory school associated with Khan Academy.