What’s The Future Of Education?

04/11/2017 01:31 pm ET Updated Aug 14, 2017

The future of education impacts directly on human evolution.

There is no single aspect in our daily life that could be separated from a form of education, whether is formal or not. Pretty much all technological improvements, health science discoveries, transformations in the energy sector, manufacturing chain steps and many other core activities of our lifestyle have emerged from a learning process.

The most creative minds and thought leaders acknowledge education as a key factor to reach higher states of self and business development. At the same time, innovation and progress influence on it and reshape the path to where it’s headed.

Given this crucial importance, we asked the experts:

What’s the future look like for education

This is what they explained to us…

Michal Borkowski, CEO of Brainly, Inc.

“With the increasing capabilities of machine learning, there is a unique opportunity to personalize learning to individual students. Each student can gain access to information that will help them along their unique path of their learning curve. In the future, that means that a student won’t have to learn the same exact thing at the same exact pace as 30 of their classmates. Instead, we will be able to hone in on the areas where a student struggles, and tailor their lessons to help them through difficult topics. We already see a movement toward this future, with the proliferation of sites like Khan Academy where students can pick what topics they need more practice with. One day, this will be done in a predictive and automated fashion – machine learning will predict where a student will struggle based on their history, and will auto-adjust curriculum to correct for it.”

Adrian Ridner, Co-Founder & CEO of Study.com

“The classroom as we know it, will make a greater leap forward in the next 10 years, than it has in the past 200. Despite all the technological advances of the modern world, the classroom of today is strikingly similar to the one experienced by our grandparents. However, several trends are converging that suggest change is eminent: a generation raised online, widespread adoption of edtech in the classroom and a shift in teaching from content delivery to critical thinking skills. The classroom of the future will be different from today in several fundamental ways. We will see the rise of personalization and competency based education. Students will be unshackled from the physical classroom and time-based, grade-level progression. Simulations, virtual reality and project-based learning will help students develop critical thinking skills in a collaborative environment.”

Edie Demas, PhD & Executive Director of Jacob Burns Film Center

“The key to educational success in the future lies in teachers and students engaged in a mode of teaching and learning that embraces rapidly evolving tech and media resources, such as VR and AR, as both viewers and makers. Not only is this dual role essential to catalyzing students’ deep reflection of content and concepts, as well as self-determination and creative expression, it is the only authentic way to integrate and harness the power of so-called disruptive technology. Applying practical strategies of a multi-faceted concept of literacy-traditional, digital, and visual-realized through the powerful storytelling tools at our fingertips, can and will transform education. We can either get on board or be left behind.”

Jon Mott, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer at Learning Objects

“I predict that the new administration will put an emphasis on learner choice and flexibility. In higher education, this will most likely manifest itself in the form of wider options for using federally funded financial aid. This could make it easier for institutions to provide competency-based programs that aren’t tied to semesters and seat time. Students might also be able use Pell Grants, veteran’s benefits, and student loans to pay for non-credit, even non-accredited programs like coding boot camps.”

Holly Benson, ‎VP and Organizational Transformation Consulting Practice Leader at Infosys

“The partnership between business and education at the primary and secondary levels is still in its infancy, but will continue to expand. Both business leaders and educators are recognizing that new approaches will be required to prepare students for the job market of the future. Emphasis on computer literacy and coding skills is increasing and will continue to do so. Programs to attract females to STEM studies will grow and expand, as will programs to develop computer skills in underserved economies (including US poverty zones). Programs to develop complex cognitive skills, or approaches like design thinking, strategy, or even meditation and mindfulness, will also expand and become more common, to ensure that youth develop the cognitive and emotional skills to deal with the future workplace.”

Mark Herschberg, Instructor of Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program at MIT

“Post K-12, education is set up for one time training; you go to college or vocational school, perhaps grad school right after, and then work for decades with no formal additional education. In the future, although needed even today, is more regular training throughout their career. Professionals will need part time training (e.g. nights and weekends) to stay up-to-date in their careers. Some will even take 6-12 months full time programs for deeper investment prior to a career change. We need the education system to provide it, the government to help fund it (through loans and/or tax breaks), and society to accept that a mid-career professional may need to spend 12 months retraining and then can re-enter the workforce without it being seen negatively.”

Aleydis Nissen, Researcher & Graduate Tutor at Cardiff University

“The continuous rise of private education offered by Western for-profit companies in frontier economies will create more problems during the next decade. Private schools enable parents to choose educational programs that are in line with their own moral convictions. The quality of detached and impersonal teaching is however questioned. One U.S. enterprise that runs a chain of nursery and primary schools in Africa compared its teaching model to that of the McDonald’s chain in a Harvard Business School case study. In addition, private education can lead to segregation and inequality in developing countries. Only a small elite is able to buy a big Western name for the educational needs of their offspring. While some United Nations treaty bodies, some local courts and NGOs have made critical comments, tech multinationals, development agencies and the World Bank continue their support to private education providers.”

Stelios Lambropoulos, CEO & Co-Founder of TEST4U

“I can claim that the spreading of internet has accelerated the development of all kinds of e-learning technologies and the spreading of them to a wide range of public.

It’s easier than ever to gain access to online learning content, but it’s not so easy to gain actual skills. In order to step from watching a video-lesson to consolidating the new syllabus, it takes a lot of training. That’s why the trend is abandoning the video-lessons and moving towards actual working conditions training (training at actual applications). Actual working conditions training involves features such as interactivity, customization, instant feedback and content adjust to the real world, to resemble a private human instructor. Such an example would be the TEST4U  technology where people gain new IT skills with the help of an interactive, customizable training platform.”

Duc Luu, CEO & Founder of The Edge Prep

“I believe Education is moving in the direction of a purely online experience, through the combined usage of adaptive technology, which helps students focus on their specific needs, and online teacher-led instruction to help the student with key areas identified through the adaptive technology. This combination will lead to a more independent style of learning tailored to each student and with a far more flexible schedule. In 10-15 years time, this combination will likely be prevalent across all forms of education, changing the overall landscape in higher education.”

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