Future Of Learning: My Predictions

In 2010, Terry Eagleton predicted the death of universities as centers of thought leadership and critique. A decade later, I am starting to question the capability of universities as centers of skill dissemination. Traditional universities have been losing the edge as newer forms of skill acquisition develop through online learning and cohort-based learning in new-age education institutes.

Education was being disrupted across the world with the arrival of education technology, even before COVID-19. The pandemic has only ensured that all these projections came true, with the explosion of learning apps, virtual tutoring, video-conferencing platforms for teaching, online learning software etc.

What do all these changes mean for learning? Are universities going to die? Are students going to move permanently to a remote and online model of learning? The OECD talks about the future of schooling and how the arrival of digital technology is going to push schools towards a more flexible model, as teaching gets outsourced to private entities and the distinction between formal and informal learning fades away.

If I were to take the findings of the OECD and blend it with what I’m seeing in the world around me, here are my top three projections for the future of learning:

🧑‍🎓 Death of traditional higher education organisations, as digital technology drives changes in the ways we teach and learn, and the rise of private systems, allowing students greater autonomy and flexibility. Educational institutes have already started opening up to new stakeholders, moving from the national and local to the international. Masters programmes in universities are slowly being replaced by training institutes and cohort-based learning modules, like this writer fellowship program offered by Be On Deck or this online community-based learning program for writers by Ship 30 for 30.

🧑‍💻 Learning on the go through online platforms, and apps offering micro-learning opportunities focused on developing specific skills, leading to a more individualized learning. The rapidly decreasing attention span is pushing educators to develop byte-sized modules, with a heavy focus on gamification, like the extremely successful language learning app, Duolingo.

🌐 Increasing application of artificial intelligence and big data to harness the power of collective intelligence and deliver more individualized learning. We are already doing this in marketing, and it’s only a matter of time before we see these applications in education as well, allowing us to assess, train and certify students with skills for the future.

At Adaptiv, we are building a science-backed platform that will use the power of AI and big data to help students and young professionals identify the gap in their skills, and choose a future-proof career path suited to their skills and interests.

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G Shrivastava

Educator, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Bibliophile, Francophile. Je pense, donc je suis.