The future of education in South Africa
What will education look like in the years to come?
Technology has changed every aspect of our lives, and as technological capabilities evolve, so does its applications. When applied to teaching and learning, technology has come a long way, and there’s a way to go still. The following scenarios are billed as the top predictions for the future of technology.
Parents to play a more active role in their children’s’ education: School lessons and content are no longer only available (or mostly available) in the classroom. The future of education means that learners can access information outside of the four walls of the school, which means their parents can too. As such, parents will begin to play an even more vital role in helping their children succeed in school.
Experiential, project-based learning will increase: Experiential learning – or learning by doing – is set to become one of the most important features of the structure of future learning. In additional to this, Medium lists mastery-based learning as a vital next step in the future of education: “Mastery-based learning is based around a very simple idea: when dealing with cumulative subjects (like Math, where past knowledge is essential to understanding what’s next) a student should only move forward with the subject once they’ve mastered all concepts that precede it”
Unbundled education: The G20 defines unbundled education as “the breakup of the composite structures comprising schooling today.” Educators can then convene different organisations that specialise in various subjects, rather than every subject.
Augmented and virtual reality: To enhance the premise of experiential learning, augmented and virtual reality will become more common as tools for learning. These simulated environments will help to stimulate learners with real world experiences and practice. Field experience can also be achieved, in part, through AR and VR.
More student involvement and ownership: When it comes to schooling, students are usually in the passenger seat, waiting to take the wheel. Technology moves learners passed this, by putting them in the drivers’ seat of their own learning experience. According to eLeanringindustry.com, students will also become more and more involved in forming their curricula. Critical input from students on the content and durability of their courses is a must for an all-embracing study programme.