What will Education look like in 20 years or more?

There are many factors that can determine the future of education from the advanced technologies till the methods of learning and teaching.  I believe that in the future it will require educators to be creative, innovative, and most importantly entrepreneurial.  Furthermore, learners will want to use more tech, will be more demanding, confident and focused as consumers of education.

Education is not just schools and universities, education is a more complex word, which means the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits.  It’s not about the method that you learn, it’s about finding the best resources to learn and practicing in smart ways.

With the new pandemic, more and more educational institutions went online.  This caused virtual learning tools and platforms like Udemy, Udacity, Teachable etc. to develop further and make this experience a lot more interesting.  While reading an interesting article with the same topic, David S Wills, owner of TED-IELTS shows us that the future of education will be without any doubt digital.  He takes the example of Chinese students who are taught by tutors from Western countries through webcams, and thinks that this is just the beginning of the whole process.  Another expert, Jim Czulewicz, CEO of JumpStart Academy shows us that education will be based on game learning curriculum.  High-quality games provide an immersive learning in science, language, coding or geography.  He thinks that this method will close the learning gaps of motivated students.

It is said that education will be highly individualized learning and teachers will become more like learning coaches.  This means that students will be required to solve complex problems with the help of problem-solving methods.  As I look back at myself, when I was just a child at school, this concept was totally different.  I was given a subject to learn at home and the next day to retell it, which today doesn’t happen anymore.  Today, teachers want you to think and give your opinion, but also to be able to work in groups and be cooperative at the same time.  

While ago, there were some discussions on the internet about the Google Career Certificates, that will help Americans get qualifications in high-paying job fields, without a college degree. This possibility has captured the interest of many people around the world, who don’t have time and money to attend a college or university.  Today, we live in a world full of consumerism and the reason why many people like to invest in online degrees is also, the fact of global training.  Traditional learning is limited, while online learning can be delivered by a teacher who is halfway across the world and maybe one of the best. You can connect with experts in real time and get your questions answered in online forums. You can work in groups, just as you would in a regular classroom, and can interact in online meeting spaces.

Yet, here arises a question, will it be necessary to have teachers in the future or will the AI (Artificial Intelligence) be enough? 

Some people think that AI will take on the lead in the developed countries to provide better education.  As we can think a robot can give us a solution in fractions of a second, the human being can’t do this.  So, we automatically believe that a robot can learn ‘anything’ and replace the teacher, yet this method of thinking is wrong.  Machines don’t care for living or feelings, thus for a child to learn and develop further, also it is needed for emotions, whether positive or negative ones.  Having feelings, talking and expressing themselves, especially, when something is going wrong it’s the best option as to closing up and suffering afterward.

In conclusion, I want to say that education in the future will be entertaining and more dynamic, if only we will let teachers guide us.  The primary role of an educator is to deliver classroom instructions, to help students learn, give feedback and also contribute to student development.  A child’s experiences in their formative years shape them into the personalities they will later become.     

Published by Andreea Apetri

Foreign Languages (Linguist): Romanian, German, English, Albanian Hobbys: Blogging 👩‍💻 + Badminton 🏸

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