The future of education is an exciting topic of debate in the context of expanding digitalisation in many frontiers of learning. This has opened challenges and opportunities in the higher education and school education sectors.
In higher education, blended learning is likely to dominate. Thus, colleges and universities will increase in-person, location-based teaching programs, experiential teaching, synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning.
Students stay on campus, but they will take part in virtual classrooms as flexible and resilient learning models of the future.
When such innovations cut the cost of running a physical campus at a high cost, education institutes and universities will have flexible fees and students will gain economically.
Universities will innovate and rework strategies including revenue models based on student fees, and premium fees from international students.
Institutions will improve student learning outcomes by updating curricula with technological solutions.
One challenge is technologies and information overload diluting the focus of students and making them distracted.
Teachers will have to offer the right technologies to help students sort data and information to make the future secure and guide them in college, make good credentials, internships, and better careers.
Educators will have to prepare students for the future, including many new jobs that are non--existent today, and bridge the gap between talent and needs of the workforce.
The future of education will be fully job-oriented. It will be flexible yet relevant and enable just-in-time jobs. Students will acquire hands-on experience to evaluate a problem, solve it by analyzing data.
The future of education will mainly shape learners into problem solvers than mere book worms. This will condition critical thinking and problem solving as an aptitude.
Providing students with real-world obstacles will develop the ability to engage, evaluate data, consider solutions, and forge entrepreneurial paths.
Technologies use massive data across different, applications, and networks. The schools, colleges, and universities of the future will leverage data to support better learning outcomes.
The educational methods will become more engaging and applications like virtual reality will find heavy use.
There is no surprise when students can evaluate the human body without a physical autopsy. A virtual guest lecturer will give the perception of appearing physical in the learning space.
The future of education will become more intelligent as applications using artificial intelligence will dominate.
Education will turn safer and secure. Better faculty, data safety, protection against ransomware, malware, phishing will reduce. New technologies will fix intruders, and quarantine them.
It will be interesting to see how experts paint those changes through their thoughts on the future of education.
According to Tacy Towbridge, Global Lead of Education Programs, at Teech company Adobe the future of education is digital.
In the digital world, technology will permeate all lives in many ways. That is why it is crucial to incorporate digital technology into education as well.
Preparing students for higher education and future jobs will be through the latest technologies. Administrators are at work to prepare K-12 schools for future-ready and make classrooms hi-tech.
Future-ready schools will see blending technologies with learning. Technology infusion will happen in every lesson.
Tacy Towbridge notes an increasing need for students to be creators. The majority of Gen Z teachers see creativity as central to future careers and 93 percent of Gen Z students also endorse technology as key to career preparedness.
Creativity will have a central role in the classroom as educators tackle curriculum to be in sync with the 21st-century skills for future success in the workforce.
Glenn Wiebe, Education Consultant, Essdack says the future of education will become more intentional making students engaged, informed, and update. This will be achieved through cross-curricular problem-based learning, cross-grade level interaction, integration of web-centric and mobile tech tools.
Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist notes when education turns futuristic a personalized educational program will lead to customised content for each student to pursue his passions.
When students can solve problems, create projects and products of their passion, it will also become the basis of their assessments, making students love their learning more intensely.
Similar thoughts by Spike Cook, a school Principal in Millville, NJ says the future of education is upbeat as trends point to individualized learning for students through technology and real-world experiences.
The role of teachers will change into guides who will be assisting students as experts, facilitators, mentors, and references of knowledge. Even if students spend their day in front of computer screens, collaborative working will also gain traction to solve problems and increase understanding.
In the emerging scheme of things around future education, old-fashioned schools and classrooms featuring heavy doors and narrow windows, desks, projector screens, lecterns, chalkboards, and lousy decorations will vanish.
The role of teachers will also change in the new scenario and they become content experts. Schools will hire teachers for their creativity as well as domain knowledge. Thus a teacher of Maths will have in-depth subject knowledge plus expertise in projects. The English teacher will teach and has a writing career too.
The new school buildings will symbolize energy, vibrancy and dynamism. There will be flexible seating like a WeWork coworking space.
Maker spaces, engineering spaces will replace classrooms and students learn things by doing projects. New technologies like Virtual Reality, AR will take over and voice-controlled devices hike student engagement.
Adaptive learning software using AI will end direct instruction. Adaptive software moves students to pass through a grade level’s content based on performance and assessment questions. Adaptive learning is faster and efficient than any top-class teacher.
Adaptive learning software will teach core content. The role of a teacher will turn into a motivator, mentor, coach, and curriculum designer.
As adaptive learning software is faster the future academic work will be just three hours a day, leaving the other three hours to teach life skills and allow students to explore personal projects.