Perspectives on the Future of Education: Ed Leaders Weigh-In, Part 2


This blog is one in a series on the future of education. Güner Gürsoy and Emel Koç of Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey, offer insights on the below questions around the future of education, and how technology plays a role in learner success.

How will teaching and learning practices over the next 10 years have to evolve to serve the learners of the future?

We expect to witness more frequent career changes for individuals, and this will lead to more need for learning. In this context, competency-based badge educations will enhance the learning environment. Since universities are not designed for individually customized curriculums, the gap will be covered by badge educations. Overall, educational technologies will be much more widely used in all parts of education and individually customized learning platforms. Teaching and learning practices will require new methods such as interactive video content, mobile microlearning, gamifications and simulations, and video cases.

Some key trends to look for:

  1. More innovative education technologies will be in the market
  2. Mobile will be the main platform especially with 5G
  3. Out of network out of learning
  4. Teachers will be teaching coaches
  5. Data-driven education design will evolve education
  6. Gamification in teaching and learning will be much more visible
  7. Media is designed to be duplicated and shared
  8. Teaching and learning platforms will allow us to develop and incorporate Apps.
  9. Knowledge access tools will enhance.

What role will technology like analytics and data play in improving outcomes for learners in the next decade?

Assessment based and data-driven education design is the future. With new technologies and analytics, we will be able to assess the potentials of a student at an early age and track her/his lifetime career development. This will allow us to create a learning to learn eco-system for a generation starving for adaptation to change.

Some key trends to look for:

  1. Enable much more individualization in teaching and learning
  2. Improve communication opportunities, sharing capabilities
  3. Present new opportunities and capabilities to improve the human experience
  4. Helps to assess and predict learners’ performance
  5. Provides learners’ with a personalized eLearning experience
  6. Increased learners’ retention rates
  7. Helps to improve future eLearning courses
  8. Boost in cost efficiency

How will the college/university of 2030 be different than today?

The main changes will be the increased intensity in educational technology utilization and less dependence on big and expensive campuses. Higher education will evolve through competency-based individually customized curriculum teaching. Time and space will no longer be an issue in teaching and learning. Some key trends to look for:

  1. Impressive learning experiences will no longer be a perk, but a necessity
  2. Blending traditional and non-traditional teaching methods will become the norm
  3. Moving between borders and gaining and international Outlook
  4. Student-focused learning will be essential
  5. The future classroom must be student-centered
  6. Digital education designed to teach future skills
  7. Screen time vs. digitally-focused education
  8. Using Emerging technologies (AI, VR, Blockchain)
  9. Being singularity college/university
  10. Learning in small bursts
  11. Adding creativity back to the classroom
  12. Changing teaching method
  13. Personalization

What role will technology partners play in helping shape the future of how education is delivered.

Technology has and will continue to have a significant impact on higher education. Educational technologies will allow individually customized teaching and learning. Some key trends to look to as education continues to globalize:

  1. Online learning is gaining a firm foothold in universities around the world.
  2. Corporate-academic partnerships will form an increasing part of the university experience.
  3. University respondents view technology as having a largely positive impact on their campuses.
  4. Higher education is responding to globalization.
  5. Technology is enabling multi-modal teaching, changing curricula, and spawning rich forms of online research and collaboration.
  6. Online-collaboration tools, software that supports individually paced learning, and learning-management systems are among the communications technologies most expected to improve academics.
  7. Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis, instant messaging and social networking which have been influential in improving connectivity in many settings and are in use now at a large number of institutions
  8. Teaching will become more outcome-based and student-centered with online gaming and simulation software.
  9. Students will be able to craft individualized degree programs, either within their own university or by bundling coursework from different institutions.

Güner Gürsoy is the Vice Rector for Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey.  Since receiving his Ph.D. in Business Finance from Bilkent University, Gürsoy gained professional and academic experience in strategic investment budgeting and technology and managerial transformations. Since 1995, Gürsoy has been actively involved in simulation-based experimental learning in education. For the last ten years, he has been in strategic management and leadership roles in distance education units. Currently, Blended Learning has been implemented together with the University Learning Center with the O’Learn concept at Istanbul Okan University.

Emel Koç is the director of Learning Application and Research Center for Okan University. Koç continues her Ph.D. studies in the field of computer engineering. Koç conducts academic studies in the fields of machine learning and artificial neural networks. She is also working to advance digital education technologies and new educational methodologies. Since 2010, she has carried out technical, academic, administrative and operational studies in the implementation of Learning Management Systems.

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