Do you ever wonder if technology will overtake human intelligence? Some of those who are educators wonder if the jobs of the future will all be taken over by technology which will remove the need to teach students to do those tasks. The reality, however, is that education will never go out of fashion because there will always be something to teach. What is being taught will change but not the need to teach. Here we’ll take a look at 9 different things that will play a significant role in the future of education over the next 20 years.
Mobility of Education
Right now a student has to go to a university to learn but in the future, there will be several choices for where and when a student can learn. Even those who are in remote areas will be able to participate in eLearning and in classes that are self-paced. In many ways, education will be turned on its head and theoretical teaching will be done outside of the classroom and the practical and directly applicable parts of education will be done face to face.
Learning Will Be More Personalised
Students will increasingly be able to use specialised tools that help them make full use of their personal capabilities. This will help students who are advanced to have increasingly challenging questions and tasks in order to move on to the next level. Those who are less advanced and struggle will be given the opportunity to practice more before moving on to the next level. They will all be encouraged more which will reinforce the motivation to continue learning.
This can often increase the efficiency of learning and eliminate a student’s self-doubt. It will also help teachers to know which students are struggling and which are excelling. This, in turn, will allow them to know who they need to give extra attention to.
With more personalisation comes more choices. The advancements that will be made in education will allow for students to have more choices over their learning experience. They’ll be able to modify classes and the tools that they’re using to help them have a better overall experience. Each student will be able to choose from a variety of programmes and devices as well as techniques that are most suitable for them. Blended learning and the ability to use devices that are suitable for the students will be part of the change.
Many higher education providers, like Brighton School of Business and Management, already offer HND and HNC business courses as online learning programme where students are tutored one-to-one by a personal mentor through a computer.
Many jobs in the future will be based around freelancing and education will adapt to helping students prepare for that new work environment. This means that the student will need to be able to learn to use their new found skills in many different types of situations. This will lend itself well to project-based learning and will likely begin in high school. Time management and the ability to collaborate are among the skills that will likely be taught and will help the student in their academic endeavours.
Because technology will likely take over a lot of the more tedious task, the jobs people will be doing will likely be those that require face-to-face interaction. For this reason, education will focus more on courses that help teach these skills. It is likely that schools will begin to allow students to get real world working experiences with the skills that they’ll be using. This means that students will have increasing opportunities to participate in internships and mentoring projects.
While reading, writing and arithmetic will always remain the staples of education, the most fundamental aspects of mathematics will likely be taken over by technology. But the need to understand the data produced by technology will still need to be done by people. The ability to apply theoretical knowledge as it relates to numbers and using reasoning that only humans are capable of will be the skill sets needed.
Technology Will Change the Way Exams Are Given
Technology will be able to better understand a student’s progress and as it does, it is likely to remove the necessity of some examinations such as Q&A and others and those may become irrelevant. Many educators already feel that the way examinations are, given that students simply cram so that they’re able to do well on the exam and then simply forget all that they learned the day after the exam. Education in the future will be able to measure competency through field applications.
Because there will be much more independence in education over the next 20 years, mentoring will become a major part of how successful a student becomes. Teachers will remain a central point that helps students as they move their way through their education. While education will change significantly over the next couple of decades, educational institutions and the teachers will remain vitally important.