Unit 3, Activity 6: Exploring Possible Futures

The articles written by Sava Saheli Singh and Tim Maughan and Neil Selwyn each offer an intriguing glimpse into the future of educational technology. Singh and Maughan (2014) describes cutting-edge technologies whose accessibility is limited due to issues of inequality. Selwyn (2020) describes technologies with creative ambitions, albeit somewhat unrealistic. Despite the prospect of education in these future worlds, both Maughan and Selwyn refer to a familiar concept: tutors.

As suggested by Dickson (2017), “almost as old as the classroom itself is the practice of getting help from private tutors and classmates to fill in the gaps and complement what is taught in the class itself”. By 2030, tutoring will not go the way of the dodo, rather it will continue to be used under the umbrella of crowdsourced learning. Crowdsourced learning uses “the diversity of the Internet to help students with specific questions. Used correctly, this on-demand type of tutoring called “microtutoring” or “community-based education” could help solve problems” (Chan, 2017).

Richard Werbe, CEO of StudyPool, a microtutoring platform, explains that “microtutoring breaks down conventional tutoring into smaller, more digestible pieces of learning. By eliminating the barrier of set-time tutoring sessions, students can master subjects more efficiently on a time interval tailored to their needs” (Martin, 2017). Furthermore, microtutoring is promising for the future of educational technology as it has the potential to “bridge the gap by creating equal-access opportunities across multiples developing countries…” (Winning 2018).



Chan, S. (2017, September 05). The new school year brings biggest trends in EdTech. Retrieved from https://newsroom.cisco.com/feature-content?type=webcontent

Dickson, B. (2017, March 14). How Artificial Intelligence enhances education. Retrieved from https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/03/13/how-artificial-intelligence-enhances-education/

Martin, E. (2017, January 13). 4 Startups Revolutionizing the EdTech World. Retrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/283320

Selwyn, N., Pangrazio, L., Nemorin, S., & Perrotta, C. (2020). What might the school of 2030 be like? An exercise in social science fiction . Learning, Media and Technology45(1), 90-106.

Singh, S. S., & Maughan, T. (2014, June 22). The future of ed tech is here, it’s just not evenly distributed. Retrieved from https://medium.com/futures-exchange/the-future-of-ed-tech-is-here-its-just-not-evenly-distributed-210778a423d7

Winning, L. (2018, March 14). It’s Time To Prioritize Diversity Across Tech. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisawinning/2018/03/13/its-time-to-prioritize-diversity-across-tech/