Future Education – how education and learning are digitized

Digital transformation is reaching more and more industries. Technologies, innovative ideas and data-based business models do not stop at the way we will learn in the future. Future Education will fundamentally change the education industry as we know it today. Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, immersive media and big data-based learning software are changing not only the everyday life of learners and students, but also that of teachers. Educators need to adapt to new, digitally enriched learning approaches that prepare their students for the world of tomorrow.

A first step into this digital future was the advent of online courses, MOOCs for short, which were a revolution in education. For the first time, learners were given the opportunity to put together their own individual training programmes. They were not bound to regional offers, but, thanks to the Internet, had international offers at their disposal. It was the beginning of a completely new way of learning – digital, individual, direct.

With the rapid development in technology, traditional educational methods will change fundamentally in the coming years. But what does a future of education look like with the help of sensors, artificial intelligence and virtual media? en change. But what does the future look like?


Education becomes more individual

In the current school system, education is not really individual. With all the students, it is difficult for the educators to adapt to the needs of each individual. In ten years’ time, however, things will be very different. The students learn with learning tools that adapt to their individual abilities. The level of the above-average students will be much higher than that of the somewhat slower learners. Schools are already recognizing the relevance of personalization in education.

“We’re currently challenging the paradigm that all seven-year-olds are exactly the same and should be exposed to the same content,” Brian Greenberg, CEO of Silicon Schools

However, this should not depend on any of the other students. Students who have difficulties with a particular subject or topic are given the opportunity to practice more with the help of personalized assistants and programs until they have reached the level of the other students. Depending on their needs, virtual teachers are used to lead them to success.

So the future is adaptive, data-based AI systems that provide students with learning content tailored to their individual needs.


Education becomes more personal

Education is about more than just learning. Teachers and professors also take on an important social component in the lives of pupils and students. With the help of data, the teacher can not only identify the students’ problems with the learning material, but can also adapt to their individual psychological situation in order to reinforce them positively. By using innovative sensor technology to observe the pupil size of children, their eye movements and subtle changes in the tone of their voice, teachers can identify and intervene in overstraining.

In the next ten years, the classical frontal teaching will therefore be supplemented by a high degree of mentoring. Teachers, both in the classrooms and lecture halls and in the virtual space, will pave the way for tomorrow’s learners.

Experiments by the Navy, for example, show that such a personal focus works. This uses artificial intelligence in the course of their training. Through this digital one-to-one course, the students would have made enormous progress in their education and thus quickly overtaken their fellow students without a digital mentor.

Personalization will therefore play a greater role in the future. Academically as well as socially.


Education will be expanded

Augmented Reality already has an impact on the conventional learning process. Immersive technology has the potential to supplement the study of various subjects with descriptive information. In this way, teaching content can be communicated in a more appealing and sustainable way.


How Augmented Reality Will Change Education Completely (Quelle: TEDxGateway)


This learning method is already used, for example, in medicine, where AR models help to better understand the functioning of the human body and thus to be optimally prepared for the patient later on.

But Augmented Reality also plays an important role at school. In the near future, for example, the textbook can be replaced. Students can easily access models, information graphics and supplementary texts from any device and learn and interact with course material.


Education as we know it is changing, but many educators are still fundamentally opposed to this change. They fear that human intelligence will be replaced by technology, making it obsolete. But this is not true, despite digital additions, they are only assistants of a capable and future-oriented teacher and lecturer. Education will take on new forms, but to close oneself off from the future will bring neither teachers nor learners anything in the short or long term.

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinkerhttps://www.medialist.info
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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