The Future of Education
Depending on how you look at education might depend on how you envision it's future. Typically education is what's delivered in our schools, colleges and universities, but what does it look like more broadly?
There has been a lot of discussion around millennials; how they operate and what their needs are. There has also been a great deal of research on how millennials are approaching their learning.
The shift from traditional to, what we call, alternative education is gradually becoming more popular with people now wanting to take their education into their own hands. As a generation, you could say we're moving away from being taught to being facilitated.
Facilitated learning encompasses;
- Facilitators rather than teachers
- Process over content
- A vast amount of learning responsibility is put on the students
- Students' insight is just as valuable as teachers
- Self-evaluation rather than being evaluated
- Obtaining information and then putting it into practice through real-life situations
- Everyone helps to figure out alternatives rather than the teacher knowing all of the answers
- Flexibility in answers and there not being a right or wrong
- Facilitated learning feels like a catalyst to unlocking the education system, which can usually be seen to be a stand-still industry.
In the era of self-awareness and empowerment, it's exciting to see the transition of this generation who are embracing alternative routes to develop their skills and gain access into industries they hope to pursue a career in.
You can now find courses and programmes that are tailored towards this way of learning and are designed to give you, the student, the ability to develop skills in your own time while still be a part of a supportive network both online and offline.