Remember the song “We don’t need no education…”? To this day it is a fun song kids pick up at school. While there are many interpretations of the song,Pink Floyd’s views were well understood by most students. What’s not to understand?
A combination of fast-moving technology and interest in new evolving ways of education are influencing how we will learn in the future. Looking forward a few years from now, experts believe education will undergo some changes, both in how they look and how people learn. The good news is that more academic institutions are paying attention to learning experiences and effectiveness.
Experiencial Learning is being more widely adopted by many educational institutions especially with the realization that adults learn better through experiences. Schools have been doing this for a while now, field trips, now we all remember going on one and may even have many fond memories of what we learnt there.
Many have written about the technology that will revoluntionize the way we learn, I am focused on what benefits these technologies provide the user with. In deeply understanding user needs for learning, I can see how the advancement of technology benefits the users’ learning process.
- Intelligent learning objects thatallow users a ‘safe space’ to learn and master skills
We spent time understanding how adults learn and the hurdles that get in the way of their learning. Our insight was that adults look for a safe space. A place where they can make mistakes, reflect on their performance and identify areas of improvement.
You have probably read about the progress being made with reactive furniture and interactive objects. Embedding intelligence into physical objects, the internet of things, and connectivity has a profound impact on learning mechanisms. What this technology allows users more than ever before is a ‘safe space’ to learn by making mistakes in the comfort of your own private space. Imagine learning a soft skill that you are looking to improve and objects around you and on you are able to teach & monitor your progress. The mistakes you make are for you to reflect on and improve versus a score card that someone else grades.
- Virtual Classrooms that allow users to learn at theirown pace and in bite-sized chunks
Most pace their learning differently, sometimes it is just about getting the answer to the question they have on hand. They want to be in control of what they learn, when and how much time they spend.
Virtual teaching modes will replace physical classrooms and make more learning mobile. Where classroom formats are valuable, technology will be brought into the classroom to improve learning. This technology will allow you access to expertise easily and enable you to learn at your own pace without feeling like you are slowing others down or others are slowing you down. Imagine turning every minute of non-productive day into a learning opportunity — learning becomes more continuos to a point where you are always learning or teaching!
- Open learning platforms that allow you tolearn from others’ perspectives but in a personalised way
Understanding and evaluating multiple, diverse persepectives is necessary for learning. Learning from people that are considered experts on the topic is extremely appealing.
Technology makes it possible to connect easily to anyone globally. The ability to analyze large amounts of data, quickly presents opportunities to personlize the content just for you and connect you to a peer-group that you can learn with. Developments in the world of neuroscience could have exciting potential for much more personalised learning. AI and data handles personalization of content in the style and form most condusive to a person
Our insight is that individuals learn best when provided a ‘safe place’ to discover their areas of opportunity and internalize them. Review diverseexpert perspectives and then decide to go down a learning path that ispersonalised both in form, content and pace. Technology to enable this experience possible at scale will soon exist!