Read any science-fiction book from decades ago and you will likely be surprised by the ways that fantasy has met reality. However, not even the most creative mind got it right when it came to the advancements in education. “In fact nobody anticipated the end of the space exploration era and the start of the information revolution” (reference: The Role of Search Engines in Advancement of Education). There are many ways that education has been impacted by technology. While it is easier now to see what the future of education looks like, there are still things even modern experts have not anticipated.
Access to Everyone
It is widely understood that it is now possible for anybody to find any information they are seeking. With the advent of the Internet, knowledge is free and accessible to all. This is truly one of the most exciting aspects about the future of education. Today, it can be difficult to discern what is authoritative and what is smoke-blowing; they are both intertwined in an open information portal. Hopefully, the future will see an increase in usable and trustworthy information, making educational resources more useful. If nothing else, modern education institutions are moving more toward platforms that allow information to be sorted and rated for their usefulness and value. Specific search engines are already being implemented in educational settings that filter Internet content in a more intelligent way. Widely-available information is good; authoritative information is better.
Education From Afar
For decades, education has been something that happened in a traditional classroom. It has been only within the last several decades that long-distance learning has become a viable and accessible education option. Online schooling is not only cheaper, it is also easier. In the future, it might be the exception to the rule to pay for room and board. While meeting and chat platforms are already making online schooling easy, future technology might bring the classroom environment right to your living room. Virtual technology could be the future of long-distance education, creating a 3D and interactive classroom for each student.
One of the most exciting parts of exploring the future of education is that nobody really knows exactly what twists and turns will happen along the path. While technology has advanced enough that experts can get a glimpse, advancements happen so fast that the reality could end up being far more exciting than anybody anticipated.
Article inspired by Education in digital age by Dejan Petrovic and First Annual Friends of the Library Public Lecture