The first part of this series (https://www.pennews.net/learning/2018/10/06/education-40-parents-role) covered how a parent can become a facilitator to a child’s explorative way of learning via a simple economics principle as the backdrop.
The second part of this series (https://www.pennews.net/learning/2018/11/03/education-4.0-the-child-as-a-self-learner) covered how a child can make use of the power of the internet to create an exploratory and engaging self-learning path for themselves.
This article is the concluding part of this series…
In this article, let us derive from the trends as outlined above in the previous articles, and try and draw inferences on the future of learning and the future of living.
Increasingly we are finding a shift towards a model that converts learning into a self-exploratory one and the teacher turning into a facilitator, to let the learner personalise their learning journey. Analogically, this is an extension of the concept of Gurukul, as was the system of learning practiced for centuries in the Indian subcontinent, that can scale by combining the power of technology, digital libraries, and mentors and facilitators from across the world.
The method of learning is also shifting. Condensed learning material, available via digital forms, as text, audio podcasts, short and crisp videos, and interactive and explorative learning units, could eventually replace the current blackboard , textbook and paper based evaluation of the learning journey of a student.
Skill portfolio is the core, for what is being touted as Industrial 4.0 . Especially the ones that cannot yet be replaced via automation and Artificial Intelligence, for their capacity is exploding, and has the potential to replace mundane jobs.
Arts and Sciences, and within it segregation and compartmentalisation and the inability of mixing and matching learning could also be a thing of the past. For if skills drive the new economy, and if such skills are a combination of arts and sciences, and if micro and nano courses can deliver those skills in far less time and from a bouquet of courses, in contrast with the all-encompassing current framework, the learner will have enormous freedom to accumulate a portfolio of knowledge, and a digital profile, that possibly could even take the entire process of employment away from the traditional recruitment process. For tests and interviews, as being done today, can only assess a fractional percentage of a person’s potential!
These are certainly interesting times. Humans are at a very challenging point of time, where sustaining its ever growing population itself needs enormous creativity. And that has to be beyond a MAARS mission, for only very few will be able to relocate there, if needed. We must find a solution within this living body called Earth, that has for millions of years, sustained all forms of life, in a balanced manner. We as the most evolved form of species must introspect and then create methods of learning, that will ensure that that balance is still left intact. And we also have the responsibility to ensure that we leave this planet, a little richer that what we inherited, to help sustain any and all forms of life, for the next few million years!
Into that, let us believe that Education 4.0, which will hopefully be the prologue to Industrial 4.0, will create a method, that will create an epilogue as a happy and balanced co-existence of the numerous life forms, on this beautiful planet, called Earth.
(Ullas Ponnadi, currently Director and CTO of GRAHIK LEARNING, an India-based Education & Learning Space Start-up, has been in the Engineering & IT Industry for the past 30 years, having worked in the USA and India at Wipro Technologies, CMC and HP; with a decade long experience of working with K12 schools, undergrad institutions, corporate training and its associated methodologies and pedagogical backdrops.)