Education technology provider GoStudent has commissioned research to predict how UK students will learn in two decades. Believe it or not, the company claims that digital learning will allow students to learn anytime and anywhere thanks to virtual reality, artificial intelligence and other innovations. Soon, they could replace physical classrooms in 25 years.
Technologies are rapidly transforming all facets of daily life. It is therefore not surprising that they are radically changing education. The study focused on UK-based students but mentions technologies used in most countries. Therefore, it is safe to say that his predictions could happen outside the UK. In response, you need to know what these changes will look like.
This article will discuss ideas from the white paper “The End of School as You Know It: Education in 2050”. Also, I will add information by putting links to my other articles.
Why would digital learning replace classrooms?
GoStudent co-founder and CEO Felix Ohswald explained why his company explored the future of education in the UK. He believes that people consume information based on technological advancements.
“What we learn will also change,” Ohswald said. To actively continue to shape the future of how students learn, we must embrace what lies ahead. We can’t wait to see how education evolves and what that means for us as we continue our mission to reinvent education.
He shows this potential future in the white paper “The End of School as You Know It: Education in 2050”. It starts with the future education technology timeline:
- 2020s: Education will embrace artificial intelligence, radically changing teaching methods. Coincidentally, I reported two days ago that more and more schools are using ChatGPT.
- 2030s: AI will take over tasks that humans don’t want.
- 2040s: Virtual reality will create fully immersive experiences for education.
- 2050s: Brain implants will provide knowledge “simply by downloading it directly into the brain.”
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The study says these innovations will lead to “a rapid increase in the rate of change in the way students learn.” Perhaps the most surprising prediction is that physical classrooms will no longer exist.
Instead, “school” will become part of job skills programs and leisure activities. Online learning will allow anyone to learn anywhere and anytime, eliminating the need for physical institutions.
You can participate in an educational program to boost your career or for fun. However, it may no longer be compulsory to access conventional education.
How would digital learning replace classrooms?
GoStudent explained how EdTech platforms will change the main purpose of education. According to his research, “learning will no longer be driven solely by the skills sought by employers and by the subjects valued by governments or policy makers”.
The purpose of modern education is to enable citizens to contribute to the economy of a nation by playing a role. Governments and businesses will continue to demand educated workers, but students will have more freedom in their goals.
The paper cites Taiwan, a country that allows students to explore their interests, become lifelong learners and pursue their goals. This new system is the “108 Curriculum.”
Teachers will stay, but they will use artificial intelligence. AI will help them guide their students’ learning pace and subject choice. Additionally, they could expand their courses around the world as AI translates their words live.
In other words, courses can become available as live streams like Twitch. You choose the classes you want to attend because the teachers follow their schedules. Later, EdTech platforms will be able to use the Metaverse.
THE Metaverse refers to the merging of the real world and digital spaces into one. It uses virtual reality glasses and other tools to immerse students in online worlds.
For example, a teacher discussing Mars could transport their class into a VR simulation of the Red Planet. As a result, students can immediately connect their lessons to real-world concepts.
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Blockchain and Web 3.0 will also become part of modern education. They will create digital credentials to replace the conventional resume and resume.
Students will have a digital skills tracker with tokens earned at the end of the course. Meanwhile, brain implants can detect when a student is exhausted or exhausted.
By 2050, GoStudent says these innovations will bring education back to its roots. He cites the etymology of the term “education”, the Greek word “scholē” meaning “leisure”.
A recent study suggests that digital learning will replace physical classrooms by 2050. Students will be able to learn anything, anytime and anywhere, thanks to various innovations.
GoStudent focused on UK-based students, but these predictions would likely occur worldwide. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself for these transformative technologies.
Luckily, you can start by reading Inquirer Tech. It has many articles explaining AI, Virtual Reality, Web 3.0, Blockchain, Gadgets, Apps, etc.
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