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The Future of Education

Education is now the number one economic priority in today’s global economy. Internet has become a vein of human existence, utilize it in making the world a better place

Pace of change mandates that we produce faster, smarter, better grade of humans. Future education system has been unleashed with the advent of a standardized rapid courseware-builder and a single point global distribution system. Radical shifts have begun in education. As ‘Online world’ thrives in every aspect of our life, education tech is likely to develop quickly in could, open platforms with wide-scale participation. These trends will eventually define the size, scope, and speed of the emerging new system along with the characteristics needed for a global-scale adoption.

The future will be about access, learning and collaborations. Teaching and learning is going to be social. Schools of the future could have a traditional cohort of students, as well as online only students who live across the country or even the world. Things are already starting to move this way with the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Platforms like Alison, Edx, Simplilearn, Skillshare offer a plethora of online courses in wide range of topics, accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Emerging startup MOOCs like DIYguru also provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and industrial experts. Along with this they mentor various projects, engage students/professional with workshops webinars. MOOCs widely researched development in distance education and might end-up defining future education.

Future of technology in education, is the Cloud. The biggest advantage of cloud technologies is that they create a centralised repository of knowledge for students and teachers to access. This is taking the student-teacher collaboration beyond traditional classroom interaction. Infrastructure with fast robust internet connections is paramount to the future of technology in education. Technologies like Virtual Reality, Augmented reality, Machine learning assistance will be standard and will change what teachers value and test for. Basically, if you can ask Siri to answer a question, then you will not be evaluated on that. Instead, learning will be transfer project based methods. Students will be evaluated on critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Literature and math will still be taught, but they will be taught differently. Math will be taught as a way of learning how to solve problems and puzzles. In literature, students will be asked what a story means to them. Instead of taking tests, students will show learning through creative projects. The role of teachers will be to guide students in the areas where they need guidance as innovators.

The classroom will be one big makerspace. Many students will learn in traveling classrooms, and the real world will be their campus. Learning won’t be limited to a physical school. There’s already a model for this: Minerva Schools, a venture university.” —Hyuk Jang, educator in Busan, South Korea This model can benefit a huge section of students in developing nations with the integration of the web. Students will learn with study tools that adapt to the capabilities of a student. This means above average students shall be challenged with harder tasks and questions when a certain level is achieved. Students will be positively reinforced during their individual learning processes. Hence, learning process will become more individualistic.  AI-driven algorithms will create behavioural models by studying individual data sets. Based on these models, the algorithms develop a deeper understanding of a student’s strengths and weaknesses and devise a unique personalised learning curve. This can result in to positive learning experiences and will diminish the number of students losing confidence about their academic abilities. Furthermore, teachers will be able to see clearly which students need help in which areas.  

Students will learn with different devices, different programs and techniques based on their own preference. Blended learning, flipped classrooms and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) form important terminology within this change. Innovative devices like Google Glasses will really be a boon to education. As careers are adapting to the future freelance economy, students of today will adapt to project based learning and working. This means they have to learn how to apply their skills in shorter terms to a variety of situations. This is when organizational, collaborative, and time management skills can be taught as basics that every student can use in their further academic careers.

Augmented reality, Virtual reality, and gamification are giving students an immersive, first-hand experience through graphical simulation, and, thereby, extending the concept of experiential learning. This has the effect of boosting both engagement and retention, while the use of animation ensures that students understand complicated theories easily. Such technologies are more likely to be a game-changer in time, with visible developments taking place from 2018.

Though mathematics is considered one of three literacies. Computers will soon take care of every statistical analysis, and describe and analyze data and predict future trends. Therefore, the human interpretation of these data will become a much more important part of the future curricula. Applying the theoretical knowledge to numbers, and using human reasoning to infer logic and trends from these data will become a fundamental new aspect of this literacy.

Mentoring will become more important. In 20 years, students will incorporate so much independence in to their learning process, that mentoring will become fundamental to student success. Mentoring students with their projects, giving shape to their ideas will be beneficial to.  The increasing influence of technology in education is, thus, offering us a glimpse into a gradually evolving realm of unconstrained learning. Today, if we can deliver despite an outmoded education system, imagine what wonders the next generation will accomplish, once it has been trained with advanced methods. And since these systems are witnessing increased adoption with every passing year, we won’t have to wait much longer to see the results.

The future holds endless possibilities. Imparting education with evolving technologies will shape the modern world for better days. Major world issues can be solved with innovative ideas. The time has come to nurture them and transform them to reality. 



November 28, 2017

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