There is no getting away from how much the pandemic has overhauled the education system. Teachers have had to adapt to remote lessons almost overnight, and technology has revolutionised teaching. Digital solutions have quickly been implemented in order to fill the gap left by lockdowns and social distancing measures. Whilst this shift wasn’t unexpected, it happened a lot sooner than anticipated. Let’s have a look at how this is going to change the future of education over the next 20 years.
Remote learning will stay
There were definitely mixed reviews about remote learning in the initial phases. It wasn’t just about setting up virtual lessons, it was also important to make sure all students had access to computers and the internet. Once these issues were addressed, children were able to learn from the comfort of their own home.
In 20 years time, there may not even be the need for ‘bricks and mortar’ schools. Students across the world will be able to take part in courses from the local café up the road! It isn’t just the younger generation that will benefit from remote learning though, we could even see professionals taking up new courses. Many people who were furloughed used the opportunity to study and learn new skills, and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of this stopping soon.
Learning will become more personalised
Rather than having the standard curriculum which everyone has to follow, we think there will be a complete overhaul. The one-size fits all method is very outdated, and in order to keep up with the times, there will be an introduction of new subjects too. Media, Business and more Technology style courses are likely to be created, particularly as students will move away from using traditional pen and paper to study.
The digital landscape is continually changing, and it is important that the next generation are educated on this as soon as possible. By having a more flexible curriculum it may be that children learn about relevant, timely subjects alongside the traditional subjects of Maths, English and Science. Wouldn’t it be more useful to educate children about immunology and viruses as they happen, rather than learning from a textbook? Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be the main way in which data is collected and distributed to students.
There is no such thing as being too old to study, and as students finish their GCSEs or A-Levels, that will no longer be the end. In order to progress within a career, we will have to be continuously learning and improving our skills. That is where our own Assessor training courses come into their own. By completing a qualification such as the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, you will enhance your career prospects and be able to assess learners in both their place of work and in learning environments. All of our courses are blended too, which means the majority is carried out remotely, and you just complete a small part of the face-to-face element at one of our centres.
Looking to the future
Whilst it is hard to predict exactly what the future holds (unfortunately we don’t have a crystal ball!), the model of education is certainly going to be worlds apart in 2040. As well as the added use of technology, we are likely to see a more personalised and bespoke approach to learning. Allowing children and students to have more control over their own education.
We would love to hear your thoughts on how you see the education system changing – drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org with your views.