Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit online education provider, shares his thoughts on what the educational landscape will look like in 50 years. By 2060, he predicts three major shifts in education: a change to the classroom model, a change to the credential model and a change in the role of the instructor.
The new classroom outlook
By 2060, Khan predicts classrooms will transform: from being passive and lecture-based to an active and discovery-based, focusing on stoking the creativity of students. At this moment huge amounts of resources are spent on the transfer of information from an instructor to a number of pupils. Under the new approach to learning, students will be more actively engage in their own education, thus making the learning more effective.
A focus on competency
This is an active role in learning that will lead to a change in the way educational achievement is assessed, where the students will earn credentials based on the mastery of a skill rather than on seat-time. Learning from sources other than official learning institutions, will be taken into account in a student’s education. This means that assessment processes will be more rigorous than they are today.
An instructor-student relationship transformation
Khan predicts that instructors will actually transform into coaches and mentors for students, rather than lecturers. In fact, he predicts that this change will happen over the next 10 to 15 years. He believes that, with this focus on active learning, students will also see their role change, as they will be expected to be more participatory in classes and regularly work together to solve problems, as well as teach one another.
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