The Evolution of the Learning Experience
The internet age has revolutionised the way in which we learn. Gone are the days where textbooks and encyclopedias are opened to find out the answer to a question, instead replaced by two simple words: ‘Google it.’ At the same time, even if people wish to gain further educational qualifications, they no longer need to go to educational institutions given the plethora of online courses and e-learning materials readily available.
This change has created endless opportunities. For example, for those who are not suited to the ‘school’ learning environment, who are restricted by other commitments or who would like to customise their learning experience, they now have more opportunity to pursue further education.
However, the sharp increase in information online and the increasing number of people learning leads to more rapid innovation, which in turn renders information we learn valuable for a shorter amount of time.
This can be measured by looking at the ‘half-life’ of information, a term that people should be a lot more familiar with thanks to HBO’s Chernobyl. In this case, it is essentially how long it takes before our know-how is replaced by new, fresher versions.
This ‘half-life’ is decreasing all the time due to the wealth of resources at our disposal nowadays, making it increasingly difficult to keep up to date with the latest knowledge in our fields.
Therefore, current know-how is becoming more and more crucial to stand out from the crowd in a world where degrees, diplomas and qualifications are not only commonplace, but also whose value are diminishing from the moment we stop learning them.
But how is it possible to consistently stay in touch with the information we need to in order to continue thriving in our daily lives?
Luckily, there are now a variety of formats we can use to acquire the latest know-how. From online courses to videos, downloadable ‘how-to’ templates or even podcasts, meaning that there is a way for everybody to continue the learning process, despite working full-time jobs and having a family to take care of. We can all learn whatever we want, whenever we want, in whichever way we want. For instance, Eloquens.com is an all-in-one platform which enables users to access all of these formats in one place and learn new know-how from a community of professionals, professors and experts.
The future of the learning experience could, therefore, look very different to what we experience now and there is no doubt that video will continue to grow as an extremely popular way to learn. But if digitalisation was the third industrial revolution, then there is a fourth on its way in the form of AI, which could completely transform the learning experience once again.
Because of this, higher education institutions will have to adapt. In some cases, people have started to reject the idea of studying at places with a chosen, and sometimes restricted, curriculum which has content which will lose the majority of its value within 5-10 years. The traditional life choices of going to university and getting a job where you will be stable for the rest of your life thanks to your qualifications is not possible anymore due to the need to re/up skill throughout your career
More changes are coming in our learning experience, which means changes are coming in methods of teaching too. In the meantime, the interminable mission to consistently learn and stay in touch with the know-how we need continues, while the learning experience just keeps changing.
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