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Futuristic perspectives of education

Sultan Alam

Reflecting over the current and near-past developments, the education sector has undergone significant changes over the years, from the traditional classroom setting to online and virtual learning.

Such a drastic shift in this sector shows that the future of education holds even more radical changes that will fundamentally alter how we approach learning. This article explores some of the potential developments in education that are very crucial and can be seen in proximate future.

Besides, major developments, the leading and vital changes we may see in the future of education is the move towards personalized learning. This is a kind of learning which advocates towards adapting innovative teaching approaches that fits individual student’s needs, strengths, and weaknesses.

Aligned with the theory of multiple intelligence by Howard Gardener, this approach recognizes that every student possess different learning styles and tailors the knowledge according to their own strengths and pace of learning. In this connection, various developments in technology, such as artificial intelligence can help the individuals to personalize the learning parameters. Using analytical tools, teachers even can support children through personalized support.

Another emerging development is learning through blended learning approach. This approach gained its momentum particularly during the Covid-19 crisis when teachers and students were at homes for longer time. This approach is a 2-tier model of teaching in which traditional classrooms are bridged with technology-based learning. It has gained popularity these days as many institutions have re-aligned their courses with this style.

This is a flexible mode too as learners involve in learning process through their own pace and availability of time and resources. The trend shows that various educational institutions are planning to adapt this approach in future as a way to enhance student engagement, retention, and learning outcomes. Blended learning can also help to address issues of accessibility, as students who are unable to attend physical classes can still participate through online learning modes.

The next developments in the field of education is teaching through games, generally called “Gamification”. It encourages the application of game mechanics to non-game contexts, such as education. As this approach endorses learning with fun, which is more inviting for learners, hence we may predict that educational institutions in future will adopt this approach to engage and motivate students towards enhanced learning activities. This approach is used to make learning interactive and funny by turning lessons into games, quizzes, and challenges. It can also be used to create friendly competitions among students, ultimately encouraging learners to work harder and achieve better results.

The most advanced and striking latest development is Artificial intelligence (AI). Being it’s applicability, it has the potential to revolutionize the education sector, by providing more personalized support to students, automating administrative tasks, and improving teaching methods. By integrating the use of AI tools, the teachers can easily assess the improvement areas among needy students and provide targeted support. This modern approach can also be used to automate administrative tasks, such as grading and scheduling. This can help teachers to focus on teaching and providing support to students, rather than on administrative tasks.

Now the trend has drastically changed, we can observe a shift towards lifelong learning, where learning is seen as a continuous process that continues throughout one’s life. At the moment, due to the rapid pace of technological change, it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to continue to learn and develop new skills throughout their lives. This is the need of the time which keeps individuals to stay relevant in the workforce, and to adapt themselves according to job market.

By summing up, the radical interventions in education sector illustrate that the future of education is projecting more exciting yet challenging than ever. We can expect to see a shift towards personalized learning, lifelong learning, and online and distance education. We can also expect to see more collaboration between educational institutions and employers, a greater emphasis on STEM education, and a focus on developing soft skills. As technology continues to advance and the world becomes more complex, education will play a crucial role in preparing individuals for upcoming future challenges.

(The author is faculty member at Aga Khan University-Professional Development Center, Gilgit).

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