There are a lot of people who worry that technology is going to overtake human intelligence. There are educators who worry that there will be no students to teach as technology will take over the tasks that students are being taught. The truth is that education will never disappear but it will simply take a different form.
School education is likely to adopt corporate training style programmes based on simulation learning, such as that provided by GBS Corporate. This moves away from traditional methods of learning and moves towards modern, simulation based methods.
Diverse Time and Place
In the future, students will have the opportunity to learn in different places at different times. E-learning tools allow for remote learning at a pace that suits the student. Classrooms are also likely to be flipped with the theoretical parts of lessons being learnt outside of the classroom. The practical parts of the lessons will be interactive and face to face.
Future students will be able to use study tools that adapt to their capabilities which will make learning more personalised. This also means that the above average student will be challenged with harder questions and tasks when they have achieved a certain level. If a student has trouble with a subject, they will be able to practice more until they are able to reach the required level.
This type of learning will provide positive reinforcement for the student. This type of learning will lower the loss of confidence that many students feel about their academic abilities. Teachers will also be able to clearly see the areas where a student needs more help.
While all subjects are taught with the aim of reaching a set destination, there are many different roads that can be taken to reach the destination by different students. In a similar manner to personalised learning, students will be able to modify their learning process with different tools to ensure that works well for them. Different students learn better with different programmes, devices and techniques based on what they feel comfortable with. A blended learning experience with flipped classrooms and bring your own device learning are important technological advances that will help with this.
Careers are adapting to a future freelance economy and students will need to adapt to a more project based learning and working experience. This means that the student will have to learn how to apply skills in a variety of situations. In high school, students should already be acquainted with project based learning. This learning will ensure that students are taught collaborative, organisational and time management skills that will be used in their future.
As technology is more efficient in certain areas than humans, the school curriculum will need to change and make room for skills that need human knowledge and interaction. Experience gained in this field will help with future courses. Schools will need to provide more opportunities for students to gain the real world skills that they need for future jobs. This means that the curriculum will need to allow for internships, collaborative projects and mentoring projects.
Mathematics is still considered one of three major literacies, the manual part of this literacy has become irrelevant for the future. Computers will soon be able to complete statistical analysis, analyse and describe data and predict any future trends. This means that the human interpretation of this data will need to become an important part of future curriculums. The application of theoretical knowledge to numbers and the use of human reasoning to infer trends from this data will become a fundament aspect of this literacy.
Exams Will Change Completely
Measuring a student’s competency through questions and answers many become irrelevant with course platforms assessing a student’s capabilities every step of the way. There are many arguments which state that exams have been designed to make students cram the material and forget it after the exam. Many educators worry that these exams do not correctly measure a student’s capability. If factual knowledge is measured during learning, the application of the knowledge would be best tested by projects in the field.
Mentoring Will Become More Important
In 20 years, the average student will have more independence regarding the learning process and this will make mentoring fundamental to their success. Teachers will become a focal point in the jungle of information that students will need to work through. While the future of education seems remote, teachers and institutions will still be vital to performance.