The Transformation of future Learning
Now COVID-19- (SARS-2) is challenging our current teaching/learning pattern. As an academician, the way i see is- teacher or learner is facing a difficult, uncertain, and complex future due to pandemic. So, we must learn alone and together to face the new reality. There might be few challenges to be met but we should be better guardians of ourselves and learn to live together with the changing nature of the world and ready to adopt. The sooner the better!
There are 5 major ways in which learning is going to be transformed in the future.
- Content is everywhere
- Teachers are everywhere
- Individualized and personalized learning
- Learning is being transformed
- Learning will begin to occur everywhere
1. Content is Everywhere
If we see the traditional definitions of learning in the 19th and 20th century, our educational system was founded to supply workers with a relatively fixed set of skills and knowledge to be legitimate in terms of authoritative source within the fixed curriculum, body of knowledge, and fixed source. Like going library, following encyclopedia, sitting within a single room, in a school and within a building.
The transformation that is taking place now is that the sources of learning are everywhere.
Now, knowledge is easily available through digital means from many possible sources. The level at which we can engage in learning is now more dependent on what we are interested in learning than someone else’s prescribed idea about where you should be in the learning process.
There are multiple sources, multiple points of access, and much more flexibility in access to content and to knowledge.
2. Teachers are Everywhere
There is a role for formal teachers in regular school settings. But in the future, given the development of digital culture, the emphasis is going to be much more on where is the expertise that is required to enable and support your learning? It can be in a lecture, it can be in a tutor or a mentor, or it can be just in a collection of sources that come from a variety of points of view that encourage your thinking.
So, teaching as a social activity is going to become much more broadly distributed in society.
And expertise is going to count as much or more than the formal role of teacher in the process of learning.
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3. Learning in the future is going to become much more individualized and personalized.
We have always known that learners come into a learning situation with vastly different background skills, knowledge, interests, and motivations. in the past, to develop a very responsive environment for adapting to these individual differences were not there. In the future, because of the wide distribution of sources of learning and types of teachers, learning will become much more personalized. It will be personalized in the sense of you will have many more opportunities to learn what you are interested in learning. You will have opportunities to find places to learn that are much more adapted to where you start the learning process and what your individual needs are as a learner. And you will have many more opportunities to find people on whom you can rely as a learning partners who are pursuing your common interests.
4. learning is being transformed
In the future, the structure of learning environments is going to begin to migrate out into society. It will be much more formed around people with common interests and differences in expertise, much more like a network.
Learning will occur 365, 24/7, whenever you want to engage. It will be much more participatory and much more voluntary. That is, people will engage in learning with people who are equally interested and motivated and who have a common interest. Learning is going to be much more compatible with the way the rest of society works, as opposed to more traditional ways of thinking about learning.
5. Learning will begin to occur Everywhere.
Learning will still occur in formally bounded structures, schools, and classrooms. But as it begins to creep out into society at large to become more widely distributed and to take place in networks, it will occur in coffee shops and libraries, in book clubs, in digital communities. People can choose to engage them at their own convenience, and they do not require a bounded type of organization that is totally focused on learning in groups.
No one knows what the result of these transformations are going to be. The question is not whether these things are going to happen, but how fast they’re going to happen, and how quickly and efficiently our ideas about how to organize learning are able to adapt to these changes in the way learning happens in society. And that is one of the challenges, one of the exciting challenges, that we are going to try to get our hands around in Leaders of Learning
Shree is based in Butwal, Nepal. Shree holds a degree in M.Sc. (IT) and began working at New Horizons, Nepal Center in 2007-2012. After that Shree contributes to various reputed firms in Kathmandu with his years’ of experiences in Teaching, IT administration, Management and Consulting Services especially in Payment/Software industries (IT infrastructures and Security solution). Check about page for details!