What Learning Will Look Like In 20 Years?
Students will be learning outside, armed with different devices, listening to a teacher of choice. Skills will not be assessed on paper but based on their performance in the field. What on earth are we talking about? Welcome to the future of education.
As technology is rapidly changing the world around us, many people worry that technology will replace human intelligence. Some educators worry that there will be no students to teach anymore in the near future as technology might take over a lot of tasks and abilities that we have been teaching our students for decades. The thing is: Education will never disappear. It will just take up different forms. Here we list of a few things that EDUMAAT enables to shape the future of education during the next 20 years.
- Diverse time and place.
Students will have more opportunities to learn at different times in different places. The DMS tools in EDUMAAT facilitate opportunities for remote, self-paced learning. Classrooms will be flipped, which means the theoretical part is learned outside the classroom, whereas the practical part shall be taught face to face, interactively.
- Personalised learning.
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 who experience difficulties with a subject will get the opportunity to practice more until they reach the required level. Students will be positively reinforced during their individual learning processes. This can result in to positive learning experiences and will diminish the amount of students losing confidence about their academic abilities. Furthermore, teachers will be able to see clearly which students need help in which areas.
- Free choice.
Though every subject that is taught aims for the same destination, the road leading towards that destination can vary for every student. Similarly to the personalised learning experience, students will be able to modify their learning process with tools they feel are necessary for them. With EDUMAAT enabled campuses students can 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.
- Project based.
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. Students should already get acquainted with project based learning in high school. This is when organisational, collaborative, and time management skills can be taught as basics that every student can use in their further academic careers. With EDUMAAT on-the classrooms becomes more of a project room rather than a lecture hall.
- Field experience.
Because technology can facilitate more efficiency in certain domains, curricula will make room for skills that solely require human knowledge and face-to-face interaction. Thus, experience in ‘the field’ will be emphasised within courses. Schools will provide more opportunities for students to obtain real-world skills that are representative to their jobs. This means curricula will create more room for students to fulfil internships, mentoring projects and collaboration projects (e.g.).
- Data interpretation.
Though mathematics is considered one of three literacies, it is without a doubt that the manual part of this literacy will become irrelevant in the near future. Computers will soon take care of every statistical analysis, and describe and analyse 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. EDUMAAT, loaded with reporting and analytics capability will predict the performance of individual student and teacher and align them to their goals much earlier in their learning life cycle
- Exams will change completely.
As courseware platforms will assess students capabilities at each step, measuring their competencies through Q&A might become irrelevant, or might not suffice. Many argue that exams are now designed in such a way, that students cram their materials, and forget the next day. Educators worry that exams might not validly measure what students should be capable of when they enter their first job. As the factual knowledge of a student can be measured during their learning process, the application of their knowledge is best tested when they work on projects in the field. EDUMAAT enables the students to excel in real world with its best processes that are aimed to flip the education delivery method.
- 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. Teachers will form a central point in the jungle of information that our students will be paving their way through. However, the teacher and educational institution are vital to academic performance. EDUMAAT will turn the teachers to coaches and mentors as well.
This is the future that EDUMAAT offers to the students, institutes and to the teachers.