The joint evolution of education and technology


The joint evolution of education and technology

Education and learning have evolved tremendously in the last decade. So, with technology continuing to advance at a staggering rate, what will education look like in another 10 years?

Answering that question on Quora, co-founder and CEO at Top Hat, Mike Silagadze, suggests that the fundamentals will remain the same, with students learning by engaging directly with educators, but that the tools and focus will change.

This will partly be down to increasing expectations among students for universities to demonstrate ROI on their education costs.

Here’s how Silagadze predicts how education and technology will evolve together:

Classroom learning will mirror outside learning

Tech is involved in nearly every part of our daily lives, with our phones providing us access to knowledge via social media, websites, language apps and YouTube. However, the classroom still hasn’t caught up with the external realities.

While technology may change in the next 10 years, innovative education establishments will quickly adopt more technology to help the learning experience as they learn of and gain access to new and helpful tools.

AI, for example, is set to revolutionise the classroom - but not in the form of robotic teachers. Instead, AI and machine learning algorithms will take over non-priority tasks. This will enable educators to focus on providing more one-on-one time with students, participating in human-only activities, such as forming arguments, writing critically, and initiating more interesting and compelling discussions.

More interactive learning

Students have been brought up in the digital age. As such, learning institutions will capitalise on these digital habits by transforming the classroom into an interactive space, regardless of the class size or topic.

Technology will enable teachers to create an environment that fosters group work and peer collaboration, while digital quizzes and assessments, videos, simulations, VR, AR and gamification elements introduced into course content will help educators provide a dynamic learning experience tailored to each individual student.

Learning to continue throughout life

Technology will not just dramatically change the classroom, it will also transform the workforce.

As the ‘Emerging Technologies’ Impact on Society & Work in 2030’ report predicted, 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. In order to ensure that students and workers gain and maintain the skills to keep pace with the changing world of work, education will not end after graduation. Instead, employees will have to level-up their skills numerous times throughout their careers.

Higher ed will, therefore, have to balance building technical skills with general critical thinking and communication skills.

3 Step IT comment

It’s clear that technology is completely changing the face of education and in 10 years’ time it will offer a different learning experience.

However, change is happening right now!

Student experience is driving the need for tech adoption.

We recently worked with the University of Wales Trinity St David. They conducted a student survey to assess the current experience. They discovered students felt experience could be improved, through modernisation of existing technology.

The IT team at the Uni had challenges, specifically their IT equipment was spread across 4 campuses and it was of varying specifications and age. Without access to a centralised inventory it was difficult to get control of IT and ensure standardisation of quality across the University.

The need to focus

The IT team wanted the freedom to focus on how they could improve the student experience.

However, the challenges of trying to manage the existing IT estate absorbed a lot of time. Also they were only made aware of performance issues, when they were raised by students.

Using 3 Step IT’s life cycle toolkit, University of Wales Trinity St. David are equipped to:

  • Benefit from a centralised inventory
  • Proactively monitor and actively manage performance issues, even before students experience them
  • Get in to a 3 year regular refresh plan, to ensure they upgrade to new technology more frequently
  • Gain access to budget and spending tools that make it easier to manage and predict IT costs

Check out the video case study: Financially flexible IT life cycle solution allows University of Wales Trinity St David to focus on the student experience

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