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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Drivers of change

Having researched the internet and library resources, I finally narrowed down the list of things that I perceived as drivers that would change the future of global education - teaching, learning, research and assessment.

The first list are simple socioeconomic drivers that everyone is aware of. There's been a lot of debate about these things especially in terms of the role of educators, development of online learning platforms, virtual assessments and their credibility, et al.

The second list is more about technological development that has started taking place in different corners of the world. These things are making ripples in scientific research and large multinational companies have started investing loads of money to make headway and once successful they will try to use these advanced technologies to create more wealth for themselves. These technological successes will definitely have a great impact in the development of global education.   


List One:

  1. Open educational resources
  2. MOOCs
  3. Increasing cost of Education
  4. Capped income/ salaries of educators
  5. Enhanced digital technology
  6. Increased awareness of Virtual Learning platforms
  7. Game-based learning
  8. Cheaper digital tools
  9. High speed broad band and multi-servers
  10. Privacy speculation
  11. Accreditation issues
  12. Plagiarism & copyright
  13. Need for new assessment methods
  14. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) & Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  15. More efficient global translators
  16. Automated task generating tools
  17. Sophisticated video recording and converting devices
  18. Popularity of webinars and presentation tools

List Two:

  1. 3D bio printer
  2. Robotics and Android technology -
  3. Nanotechnology
  4. The wireless revolution
  5. Sensor technology – ultrasonic and lazer
  6. Hologram TV
  7. Electro-magnetic pulse systems
  8. Table-top technology -
  9. Gesture recognition
  10. Body sensor networks – valencell technology
  11. Facial recognition
  12. Transparent roll-up or contractable digital tools
  13. Global voice translator
  14. Satellite driven images and hi-tech cameras
  15. Artificial intelligence -
  16. Multimedia stimulus for assessment
  17. Digital item/ task generating tools
  18. Multiple-server systems
  19. Open collaboration systems – p2p direct
  20. Ubiquitous computing and Artificial Intelligence -
Taking these 2 lists into consideration, I have considered the uncertainties of the future of education and have come up with four scenarios which reflect the it's future. 

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