As technology offers increasingly fascinating discoveries and innovation within any working process, many experts start worrying. Even college professors believe in a decrease in students pursuing future education. But it’s not necessarily the truth.
Education will stay no matter what happens, but it may change its shape and form. That is why we may witness a complete change in the ways people deliver and acquire knowledge. Hopefully, we are looking out at increased accessibility world-wide and equality of opportunities.
Homework is another aspect that needs changes, as students surely want more effective ways of studying. Large piles of tasks to put on paper seems like an outdated method as opposed to first-hand practice and boot camps sessions. Let’s have a look at what we can expect in the near future.
9 Transformations that Education is Likely to Undergo in the Coming Decades
1. Further diversification.
Education is expected to become more flexible towards any needs of students and society. So, time zones and locations should not be an obstacle for active engagement in any learning process. Theoretical knowledge will be a self-paced journey with guidance, and face-to-face interactions will include valuable practice with leaders of many industries.
2. Personal approach.
Undergrads won’t align their success to anyone else’s. Education needs adaptation to undergrad’s personal level of expertise, as students of today have proven that old ways don’t work anymore. Practical tasks will be designed to achieve individual learning results.
Nowadays kids are bound to customwriting help. In the future, it is a system and teachers who will assume responsibility for the customizing process and reinforcements. Motivation and reward schemes are crucial for sustainability.
3. Options and choice.
Just like human knowledge and inclinations vary from person to person, so should any learning tools adapt. The personalized approach goes a long way here. Students are in charge of modifying their own studies. They are the only ones to know what works better for them, but of course, help will be available in case they need it.
This also includes a free choice of devices to use. Here we speak of emerging terms, such as flipped classrooms and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Teachers will also analyze levels of tasks their undergrads are able to handle.
4. Project milestones.
As employees move outside offices into a nomad lifestyle, undergraduates move out of classrooms. Jobs and studies change accordingly. Both deal with projects and milestones on the way to completion.
Project-based studying includes dealing with an agile and scrum environment and learning iterations of the workflow. Collaboration between teams is another valuable experience deriving from this format.
5. First-hand experience.
Since technology advances, many processes become undergo automation. So young people don’t have to study boring things any longer. Human knowledge comes forward with the need. Now practice means more than ever. Imagine simulating an environment of project completion at Google or IBM? With world leaders showing real-time work.
Why wait until internship to finally apply theory? First-hand experience starting from the first day define a new era of curricula.
6. Data-driven solutions.
The thing might be looking out for those who are not fond of math. It is plausible that calculations will be moved to the responsibilities of computers. Hence, students will be exposed to an easy-to-pick-up programming language. So, they are able to tell a computer which problem to solve.
We may even look out for voice control. Ask for predictions and analysis of the output. However, reading data has substantial future potential.
7. New assessment systems.
Doubts about tests is a lingering problem that has been present for years. It reaches beyond college — all the same for primary and secondary education. Tests and essays might prove ineffective in assessing the knowledge of any students.
It’s likely that working on a project; students will have watchers to give them a valuable opinion about their performance. Tests may become questionnaires where students answer on the complexity of tasks. Teachers can contribute to pointing out weaker spots in achieving a milestone.
8. Taking an active role in planning.
A role of planning curriculum should be equally distributed among teachers and students. Learning is not a one-way process. Such an approach helps to create a relevant and responsive curriculum for stronger achievements.
Contributions from studying groups are critical for creating an all-embracing education system.
9. Increase the importance of mentoring.
Starting from high school applicant can have mentors helping them in many ways beyond studies. Others have mentors assigned for a period of a college education. The third option seems viable too. Young people will only receive mentoring without pursuing any specific degree.
Students Will Have the Power to Redefine Education
Future has more independence for parties. Any student is entailed to a valuable and active contribution to the learning process. Educators and government have been struggling for hundreds of years now, trying to invoke effective change.
The only contribution they failed to acknowledge was that of students. Upcoming generations have a lot tell us. We can also observe how demands in business world change. These consider candidates for any position through relevant education or equal experience.
It is time we realize that studying is not a one-way process. Parties involved will speak up and contribute to stronger results driven by a mutual cause.
William Stewart is an inspired education and mentor. Looking at the perspective of education, he realizes how important it is to make effective shifts towards innovation. So, William is an active researcher and advocate for transformation and globalization and accessibility of higher education for everybody.