How will Education Change in the Next Ten Years?
A period of ten years is enough time to see a major shift in any aspect of life. And that includes education. Of all the features that will impact the future of education, technology indisputably has the upper hand. It is already happening, but further improvements will definitely be expected as technology is increasingly being integrated into education for better learning. Here are some changes that you should expect by the end of the decade.
For instance, it’s not likely that students will stop racking over countless hard paper writing assignments. Be it a research paper, dissertation, review or an essay, they won’t stop looking for an original research paper writing service whenever they feel the need for a hand with research, editing or whatnot. Students and educational systems vary from country to country, but you can still notice some common tendencies. So let’s delve into them.
Technology, and more technology: Technology is, at an exponential rate, being increasingly adapted to teaching and learning. Already, textbooks and curriculums have gone digital, online lessons and classes have become much more popular, computer-based tests have become the norm and so on. Education, in the next decade, will feature greater assimilation of technology into the learning process. Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) technologies are fast gaining grounds and will greatly impact education. 3D printing will make learning easier in terms of provision of learning aids and doing projects and assignments. The growing popularity of online courses will see the infiltration in our spaces of purely online universities, which will be standardized, like physical ones and will shape education stems directly or indirectly.
Decentralized and skills-based learning: Many mainstream jobs, (and therefore, courses) are fast going out of vogue. Many conventional jobs and methods of working will be ditched for digitized, automated ones and in return, new specialties are springing forth. As a result, education will shift from its current method of rote-learning, where students begin learning from the basics and teachers will help them work their way up. Education in the next ten years will become experiential and more focused on students being able to gain employable skills while in school. Learning (especially higher education) will no longer be general and will rather be focused on specific needs. A lot of research has exposed that schools teach a lot of unwanted, unnecessary information. This is about to stop.
Individualized and personalized learning: In the next few years, technology will unlock education’s true potential, which is in lifelong learning rather than institutionalized methods. Technology means students will be able to have more control over what and how they learn, with the teachers only filling roles as mentors. Already, online learning platforms let students learn at their own pace, and we can expect this to become more normalized. No more will there be a devotion of the first 20+ years of one’s life to formal schooling. The future of education tends towards informal learning and will be adapted for people of all ages, which is how true learning can be achieved.
Impact of globalization: Our world is becoming a global village, so it’s said. Interconnectivity with everyone and everything has broken barriers of space and time, ensuring the possibility of not just asynchronous but also synchronous communication. The implication of this on education is that learning content and form will become more unified than before. Students being able to access lessons and materials from anywhere around the world means they are kept up to date with global trends in their fields of study. Streamlined courses mean students gain expertise useful anywhere across the seas.
Experiential learning: One of the things we can expect from the future of education is a shift from abstract to practical knowledge. As mentioned above, education is now being channeled at gaining employable skills and abstract concepts do not suffice much in this regard. This is not so dependent on technology, but one can be sure it will be greatly influenced. This does not mean people will no longer study humanities. No. It rather means that even the study of humanities and other such fields as the social sciences will be focused on practical application in a real-world situation. Essays and assignments might lose favor for projects, which will definitely involve some teamwork. In that case, there will be reduced need for paper writing and students who patronize writing services for an easy way out will be forced to look for practical answers. Students will bring to bear extensive knowledge and a critical mind as tests will no longer be based on how much they know but on how well they can apply it.
In all, you may not expect a sudden revolution in education within the next decade. But the paradigm shift described (which has begun already) will be gradually adopted and adapted to.
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