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General Technology

Trending Factors That Will Revolutionize The Future Of Education

The future of education will play a key role in the future of the world as we know it. What learners are taught and how they are taught will help them assimilate into society after school. Over the years, education has changed in different ways but it is going to keep changing with time. Right now, one of the key factors that will shape the future of education is technology. Contrary to popular opinion, technology isn’t the only factor that will revolutionize education. Many other factors are already trending in today’s education industry. Some of them are listed below:

1. Project-based Learning 

This learning method allows students to gain knowledge by participating in real-world projects. The projects could either be assigned to groups or individuals and teachers check their progress over time. Depending on the complexity of the project, the timeline could be days, weeks, or the entire semester. The goal is to keep the students engaged and teach them meaningful life skills. It allows students to tap into their creativity, collaboration, and communication skills, among others

2. Video-based Learning 

Video-based learning is a popular teaching approach in learning and cognition that relies on videos in the designation of knowledge. However, it is now becoming a more mainstream method of teaching that uses visual and auditory cues. While the videos are the primary source of information, audio is used for elaboration. Video-based learning is more effective when classes are divided into short videos rather than incredibly long sections. 

3. Tech-based Learning 

Tech-based learning is a combination of different electronic technologies like audio, satellite broadcasts, intranets, webcasts, video conferencing, CD-ROM, and the Internet in general. In this Covid-19 era, tech-based learning became even more popular. Students could not attend in-person classes during the lockdown. So, they had to rely on technology to get the education they need. Older students have also been taking online tech courses on Bootcamprankings.com and Computersciencehero.com

4. Teaching Data Interpretation 

As technology advances, the manual aspects of literacy become less relevant. Students will still be taught the three major literacy courses but they will focus more on data interpretation. Computers will be handling every form of mathematical and statistical data analysis but humans will still be needed to interpret this data. Students are now being taught how to predict trends from the data they interpret. They are taught how to apply numbers to theoretical knowledge but they also need human reasoning. 

5. Diversification of Interests 

When you ask children below age 10 what they want to do with their lives, they typically pick any one of the most popular occupations. One would say he wants to be a doctor, another wants to be a lawyer, and one wants to be a nurse. Even if some of these children change their minds when they become more mature learners, some hold on to their early dreams for too long and it shapes their career path. In the future, teachers will promote the diversification of interests among students. They will consciously and unconsciously shape the future career of their students allowing them to develop interests in other fields. 

6. Real-world Skill Training 

In the future, schools will focus less on theories and more on real-world skill training. Proponents of this form of education believe that it is a more efficient method of teaching and it prepares learners for life after school. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, many schools have had difficulty providing in-person practicals for their students to experience real-world training. Some of these schools have turned to virtual reality for a solution to their problems. Using virtual reality allows students to immerse themselves in the virtual world in a more realistic way than any other technology. It might not be the same as face to face skills training but it’s the next best thing. 

Bottomline 

The future of education will be shaped by several factors but the ones listed above will have the most significant impact. All these variables have a few things in common. First of all, they are all directed toward making the learning process more engaging. The more engaged students are, the more attentive they will be in the classroom. This will aid in the retention of knowledge as well.

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General Global Health

How Has Covid-19 Disrupted Education?

Covid-19 completely changed the education sector. It made all institutions undergo an abrupt transition from in-person to online modalities. Most governments implemented lockdown from one day to another, and the sector had to come up with a solution fast. Even now, eight months later, things haven’t gone back to normal. Here is how the virus has disrupted the education industry. The stats on this article are from the OECD’s The Impact of Covid-19 on Education.

Small Budgets

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the demand for the healthcare sector. The industry is already at its full capacity in most countries in a normal situation. But with the virus, the massive amount of new cases and people that needed medical attention reached numbers higher than ever before.

To try and meet the needs of citizens, governments started giving more funding to the healthcare sector, and the education industry was given less priority. So now, the education sector is in need of more tools like online platforms, computers, and digital devices so students can learn from home. The sector needs to prepare for when they reopen again with all safety measures like cleaning, temperature readers, face masks, and so on.

But it is a real possibility that education will have the same or a smaller budget than before the pandemic. Eleven percent of global public expenditure was directed to education on average worldwide. We will have to wait and see what happens next year while the pandemic is still raging and if the efforts to continue education with the virus are applied long-term.  

Reduction of International Students

International students are part of the education industry and create an environment of diversity and inclusion. In some cases, like tertiary education, they become essential to educational institutions. In most countries, international students pay higher tuition fees than national ones. The lack of them will result in a great hit for most universities. And this is even more true for doctoral programs where international students represent 22 percent of the class. 

With distance learning, things change for international students. They lose the main benefits of being in another country to meet new people and cultures. Plus, they probably have expensive living costs that they could save by moving back to their home countries. The point of going abroad to study is to go to a better university that will provide better opportunities for their careers. And if they, from now on, have to study online, they may have other options like more affordable online courses

Also, in many countries, international students are a source of development. Countries like Australia and Canada facilitate the immigration process to highly qualified students that will improve the country’s chances of development. This could be hindered by the reduced number of people that decide to study abroad. 

More Online Platforms

What immediately changed when the pandemic started back in March was an increase in online learning platforms. Every institution in the education sector, either private or public and from pre-K to tertiary education, had to move to online platforms to continue their operations. By May, 94 percent of learners worldwide were affected. Many of them already had online platforms that they only need to adapt to the new needs. 

But most schools didn’t have any idea where to begin, and they created learning platforms that weren’t that effective. So, they will probably go back to traditional in-person methods when the governments allow it. Other learning institutions, like coding bootcamps, were already offering interactive and user-friendly online platforms. So those will probably continue with this methodology for a while. 

Shared Responsibility

Another thing that changed with the pandemic, especially in primary and secondary education, is that the learning process became a shared responsibility. We are in a society where most families have two working parents, so education was the responsibility of the schools. 

Now, with the pandemic and most kids back at home and parents working remotely, they have at least some of the responsibility in the learning process. Online learning is hard for younger kids. It is difficult for them to concentrate and keep themselves engaged. That is why parents had to step up and become the teachers for a few hours each day. 

In Summary

The Covid-19 pandemic generated an economic crisis in many countries, and this will probably have an impact on education funding in the future. With all the distancing and safety measures, the number of international students will decrease, which is a huge hit for the sector. Plus, many online platforms were created and will probably stay as a new way of learning. 

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General Reflection

Scholarly Pursuits

Growing up, my father didn’t get home from work until nearly 10:30 pm.  He worked full-time at Allstate Insurance while also working part time as a realtor. There were days I didn’t see my father because he had been working all day. He told me to be grateful for what I had and where I was in life. I didn’t fully understand him, until now.

My father was unable to complete his education. He had planned to become an engineer, but his dad fell ill and the responsibility for the family fell entirely upon him. My father had to pay for his sister’s wedding and his younger brother’s education. In order to do this, he quit college and started working full-time.

I look at myself now and see how dramatically different my life is compared to his. I have everything I could dream of and more. My father is willing to work hard so that I can, today, pursue my education at the best of institutions. In fact, since preschool, I have studied in private institutions and grown up in a world that is in diametric opposition, in terms of the opportunities and expectations placed upon me, to the world that my father grew up in. He has tried to prevent me from even getting a glimpse of the hardships he endured when he gave up his dreams to serve his family. I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunities my dad’s efforts have allowed me to pursue. I know that my father did not have many of the same opportunities. As the timeless and enduring quote goes, “with great power, comes great responsibility”- I know that having the access and opportunity to seek and find knowledge comes with expectations- to serve the community which has so selflessly flung all its needs and desires to serve the needs and desires of my generation. I have had the opportunity to attend both engineering and medical school. The knowledge I have gained by attending both these schools has not only empowered me, but has also reminded me of what I owe to my community and my family- the responsibility to give back.

Whenever my father sees me with a calculus or physics book, a smile comes across his face. He begins chanting the trigonometric functions and formulas he remembers. But that smile often fades as he remembers the past. My father has never talked openly about the hardships he endured while he was young, but his eyes convey it all. There was this silence that followed that chanting and smile. I knew that my father was thinking back to his past and the educational endeavors he never had the opportunity to pursue. Despite this, my father is able to provide more than enough for our family on many levels, financial and emotional.

However, despite my dad’s success, there is still a part of him that wishes he could finish his education. I have grown so much from my father’s experiences. Although he did not have the opportunity to finish his education and pursue the engineering career he had dreamt of, his sacrifices came to yield. Family has always been incredibly important to him, and the efforts and sacrifices he has made on his family’s behalf have added immeasurable value to his life.

As I tread through my final months of medical school I’ve come to realize more and more just how fortunate I am. Every day is a reminder of the advantage and opportunities I was granted due to my father’s sacrifices. I am now the same age that my father was when he left school, and I am fully aware of the advantages I have over him. But with these advantages come additional responsibilities. I will forever remember his efforts and sacrifices and do my best to honor them.   It is this passion that is the driving force of my life and my scholastic pursuits.

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