What Learning Will Be Like in 20 Years?

The greatest worry for many people is that human intelligence will be replaced by technology. Educators are worried that there won’t be any students to teach in the near future since technology may take over abilities and tasks that human teachers have been teaching for decades. “The reality is that education will probably never go away. It will just take a different form,” says an education expert at Brighton School of Business and Management. Here are 9 things that are likely to shape the future of education over the next 2 decades.

Place and Time Diversity

Opportunities for learning in different places and at different times will be available to students. Elearning tools allow for remote and self-paced learning. The classroom model will be flipped where the theoretical part will be learned out of the classroom while the practical part will be taught interactively and face to face.

Learning Will Be Personalised

Students will learn using study tools that adapt to their capabilities. Above average students will, therefore, face harder challenges and questions once a particular level is reached. Students that encounter difficulties with particular subjects can practice more until they are able to reach the level required. The individual learning processes will involve positive reinforcement of students. This will likely result in positive learning experiences and reduce the number of students losing confidence in their academic abilities. Teachers will also be able to clearly identify students that require assistance in particular areas.

Free Choice

All taught subjects aim for the same destination but the road that leads towards that destination will vary from one student to the next. Just as with the personalised learning experience, students will be capable of altering the process of learning using tools they deem to be necessary. Students will use different techniques, different programmes and different devices to learn depending on their personal preferences. Flipped classrooms, blended learning and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are all important within this change.

Project Based

Careers are slowly adapting to the freelance economy of the future and today’s students will have to adapt to project based working and learning. Therefore, they will be required to learn how to apply their skills in shorter terms to different situations. Students will have to become acquainted with project based learning while in secondary school. It is when time management, collaborative, and organisational skills can be taught as academic basics that students can use later in their careers.

Field Expertise

Technology facilitates greater efficiency in some areas which means that curricula will make room for skills solely requiring face-to-face interaction and human knowledge. Field experience will thus be emphasised within courses. Schools will be offering increased opportunities for students to acquire real-world skills that are representative to their jobs. Curricula will, thus, provide additional room for students to fulfil mentoring projects, internships as well as collaboration projects.

Interpretation of Data

Mathematics is regarded as 1 of the 3 literacies. However, it is almost certain that the manual aspect of the literacy will eventually be irrelevant in the near future. Computers will soon be handling all statistical analysis, describe and analyse data and even predict future trends. Human interpretation of the data will, thus, be a more important part of the future criteria. The application of theoretical knowledge to numbers and the use of human reasoning for inferring logic and trends from the data will now be a fundamental new aspect of the literacy.

Exams Will No Longer Be the Same

Courseware platforms will be assessing the capabilities of students at every step, so measuring their competencies through Q&A might become obsolete or might not suffice. It has been argued that exams are currently designed such that students simply cram materials then forget the next day. Educators are worried that examinations may fail to validly measure the capabilities of students when they get to their first job. Since the factual knowledge of students can be measured while the learning process is underway, the best way to test the application of their knowledge is when they are working on projects in the field.

Mentoring Will Gain in Importance

20 years from now, students will incorporate a lot of independence into the process of learning, which will make mentoring fundamental to their success. Teachers will form a central point in the information jungle that students will be paving their way through. While the future of education might appear remote, the educational institution and teacher will be critical to academic performance.