Remote education & teaching is fast becoming more prevalent due to Covid-19. Find out how the future of education might change forever.
Education is something that should evolve and it’s something that should do so with shifts in cultural norms, new discoveries and technology. Remote teaching has been around for a few years now, and has been primarily the domain of teaching English to overseas students. Prescient claims have also been made about the future of education and how it will change. Proposed or predicted changes have included exams that will shy away from parrot-fashion learning, thus foregoing the traditional cram and jam learning protocols that don’t actually aid in educating students. Field work and a more self-reliant approach to learning has also been proposed along with a slew of other suggestions. However, the fruition of such suggestions, made for years down the line, might occur a lot sooner in light of recent world events.
An Interconnected World
If 2020 taught us anything it was definitely how interconnected we are as a global population. The concept of an isolated nation, action or issue has been completely done away with. Moving forward, the coming decades will need to see people people acknowledge a lack of social borders and work more collaboratively for the good of all mankind.
The Changing Role of the Educator
The role of the teacher is fast-changing in a world where access to knowledge can be done by the swipe of a phone or the click of a mouse. Access to knowledge is now almost a universal trait of all societies, to the point that there are even those who are now self-taught on understanding trading, a vocation long thought to be exclusive for Wall Street tycoons and that ilk. With students now capable of accessing all types of education and technical skills through various online channels, the role of the teacher/educator is going to change into that of a facilitator – someone who oversees the learning process as opposed to someone who used to be the very source of learning.
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Essential Life Skills
A curriculum education is no longer enough, in fact, its redundancy has been apparent for a long time. For instance, why aren’t students taught how to submit tax in school already? – a skill they will all need to learn. In the midst of a pandemic and with the subsequent societal changes, there are sure to be essential life skill that will have to be adopted and implemented in the workplace. Thus students need to be educated on things like creativity, communication, collaboration, empathy and emotional intelligence. Such skills will prove invaluable in the workplace where transcending demographic lines to harness effective teamwork will often be of immense importance.
Utilizing Technology for Education
Educators in all sectors of learning, as well institutions, have all been made to adopt and modify existing technologies in order to cater to remote learning. In many ways, it’s a new escarpment to explore and one filled with possibilities. Untapped resources are now ripe for the picking as educators and institutions alike discover new ways to deliver educational content to learners. With more flexibility and a mining of available tech, who knows what novel means of education might arise when the dust of the pandemic has settled. We might find that things will have changed forever.
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