School administrators and teachers were excited to introduce technology to their classrooms to enhance learning, especially in the early 1990s. Students are now introduced to technology-based learning in their first years at elementary level. However, some teachers are now worried that technology may take over their jobs. Online learning enables students to receive instructions from virtual tutors, do their tests online, and graduate without any physical interactions with teachers and other students. Technology is just one of the things that have transformed the learning process. Here are more factors that will shape the future of the education.
1. Personalized Learning Tools and Processes
Study tools will be customized to meet the learning needs and capabilities of students. The assigned tasks and the questions asked in examinations will match the capabilities of each student. Students in the same class may take different examinations at the end of the course. Students will get extra tuition in challenging subjects until they are on a par with other students. Teachers will focus on building each student’s confidence in his or her learning capabilities instead of ranking students’ performance.
2. Opportunities for Field Work
Current technology enables students to gain knowledge without face-to-face interactions, which is important to the learning process. Physical interactions may diminish further as new devices are introduced to the learning environment. School administrators may respond to this trend by introducing opportunities for students to apply their skills in the real world. Fieldwork will enable students to compensate for physical interactions they missed while learning online.
3. Students’ Input in the Curricula
Students may influence the content of their curricula in the future. The change will ensure that the curriculum is up to date, realistic, and relevant to the current job market. Students will be more engaged in their classes because the subject matter is relevant and interesting to them. The interaction between students and their teachers when preparing the curricula will also enhance the learning process.
4. Project-based Learning
The current working environment is largely project-based. The same approach will be introduced in schools where students will apply their knowledge and skills to specific situations. Project-based learning will prepare students for the real working environment better than the current generalized learning process. Students will adapt to the freelance working environment easily after school.
5. Learning at Different Times and Locations
The traditional learning environment enables students to learn at the same time and in one location. Online tutors try to organize their lecturers in a way that many students learn at the same time. This trend is likely to change in the future. Students will have the freedom to learn at the most convenient time and from any location. More and more administrators will come from the online sector as well, with schools such as Maryville University offering a full online doctor of education program. With online EDD degrees being accepted more than ever, we can expect a growing number of professionals to seek an online education.
School administrators and tutors must prepare for radical changes in the learning environment. Technology will not only enhance learning, but also enable students to learn at any time and from the most convenient location. Teachers should prepare to engage their students when preparing the curriculum for each subject and customize their teaching techniques to their students’ learning capabilities.