Activity 6 | Individual activity: Exploring possible futures (Blog)

The education in the 21st century is moving in a direction where almost all learning activities are dominated by computational technologies. While people are discussing the ramifications of the digitalized trend in the next decade, I will say that its ramifications can be considered both positive and negative: it represents something of a philosophical divide about how we view this issue, which is subject to variables such as the complex interplay between education and other businesses, technology development such as the media impacts on learning, the discrete needs of stakeholders(e.g. learners, services and platforms providers, educators, traditional institutions). Given the complexity and uncertainty, I will explore the future of education in 2030 from several aspects based on the recommended reading about the future of education:

I will first compare the pros and cons from the stakeholders’ perspective; for example, the challenges of online learning to traditional institutions, the pros and cons of digitalization of education for both teachers and students, in terms of their academic behaviors, management of student behaviors, and equal educational opportunities for more students. Meanwhile, from the technological perspective, I will explore the media influence on changing learning efficacy, and the benefits of dataveillance in early identification of students’ problems and designing solutions, and the use of students’ data for other researches. Finally, I will predict the future from the business level, discussing the interplay between educational institutions and other businesses in digital context and the impact on education.