The Image of the Future Class

The Departure from the Old Tradition/Culture of Education

The old cliché that goes, ‘the world is a global village has never been a reality more than in the 21st century. The rapid developments in technology have been further escalated by the Covid-19 pandemic, making many impossible things of the past possible. The issue of distance is now no longer necessary as long as there is internet connectivity. The education sector globally has evolved due to improvements in technology. 

Information Technology (IT) Oriented Students

Today, most students in our educational institutions are Generation Z, a generation growing up in a truly globalized world. This generation is likely to be reflecting on their education due to a genuinely global pandemic, with many facing canceled exams, sporting events and even graduation. This generation is also one that sees the power of working collaboratively to solve the world’s biggest challenges—climate change and mental health being top on their agenda. Due to Covid-19, their collective responsibility is to self-isolate and protect older members of the community.

The Escalating Effects of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) on Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled educational institutions worldwide to harness and utilize the available technological tools unexpectedly. Such devices have created content for remote learning for students in all sectors wherever in the world they live. Educators across the globe are experiencing new possibilities to do things differently and with greater flexibility resulting in potential benefits accessibility to education for students throughout the world. 

Online Classes:

Many schools and universities are now offering online classes. In the past, not many schools were offering classes online.  However, due to COVID 19 and the lockdown, online classes are now the best option for students. The online classes include using online tools, such as group video programs, that allow teachers and students to meet and conduct classes over the internet. Apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Skype and Google learning, among many others, have revolutionized the old trading of education. Many students are now opting for online classes as it’s flexible and they can easily access it.


Distance Learning:

This type of learning is another way that has been introduced in the education sector. Distance education is a type of online learning that uses online programs that replace instructors with educational material students study independently. An example of distance learning would be online classes or videos, which students use on their own time instead of meeting live with the teacher and other students. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, online learning has become the most accessible form of education. Universities worldwide have switched to distance learning; they offer degree courses, i.e., Salford University in the U.K, University of Florida and the like.

Globalization of Learning/Education:

Due to the advance in technology, students can now enrol in any university in the world and attend online classes. Today a lecturer in a university worldwide can be having a class of students drawn from all the continents globally without being physically present with them via online platforms. Consequently, admissions for students, exams and even graduation ceremonies can be held online, which was never a norm in the past.

Enhanced Personal Flexibility for Students and Teachers

With the development of technology, new learning methods are increasingly applied, focusing on students’ individual needs and their level of educational achievements. Online learning is very flexible to students and also teachers as timetables are formulated according to their availability. In the future, students will be able to choose their teachers, schedule, and other things, which may positively affect their education. Online and distance learning will make it possible to make the educational process more flexible, universal and personality-oriented.

Improved and More Accessible Virtual Reality:

As virtual reality becomes more accessible, realistic, and immersive, virtual classrooms will move away from the desktop and towards mobile or purpose-built virtual reality devices. The classroom will be able to transform into any space imaginable. Language learners will be able to practice business English in a meeting room in the first half of their class then switch instantly to practising making small talk at a party in a virtual bar in the second half.

A Shared Experience Without a Physical Presence:

We can already conduct live classes in entirely virtual groups, physical groups with a virtual teacher teaching from a remote location. The skills required by an increasingly sophisticated workplace need more and more specialist teachers. As the technology available to teachers becomes easier to use, more experts will decide to set themselves up independently and offer highly specialized classes directly to their learners. We’ll also see increased diversity within larger organizations as they can recruit expert teachers based on their knowledge rather than simply their location.

Conclusion:

The future of the education sector is more inventions in the education sector that will enable students from whichever part of the globe to enrol in the same university and learn the same things under the same teacher/tutor at different time zones without physically meeting until they graduate. Being physically present in a classroom is no longer the only way to learn—not with the rise of the internet and emerging technology. At any rate, as long as you have access to a computer or mobile device, you can access online educational platforms.

One should choose an educational platform that connects all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential. ShareLook connects all learners and provides innovative materials. ShareLook delivers the ability to create live broadcasts, webinars which will significantly enhance distance learning. 

 

References:

Poornima Luthra, Founder and Chief Consultant, TalentED Consultancy ApS, and External Faculty at Copenhagen Business School.

Sandy Mackenzie, Director, Copenhagen International School

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/4-ways-covid-19-education-future-generations/#:~:text=Written%20by,World%20Economic%20Forum.

What will the classroom of the future look like? By Will.

https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/english-in-the-real-world/will-classroom-future-look-like/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

four × 4 =