Education in the post Covid19 era: for those in a hurry.
1: Post Covid will for most sectors be a restoration of ‘status quo ante’ but for education it has to be a fast forward to bring about a Quantum jump in the economy. This will require pole vaulting to leverage the benefits of the 4th Industrial Age.
2: Like the IITs transformed the slide rule wielding engineer to a computer fluent complex problem solver with wide cognitive flexibility to reap the benefits of the 3rd Industrial Age,all our learners should become valuable assets in the 4th Industrial Age.
3: It is said of Albert Einstein that he gave a particular exam to a class that had already been given that exam. Alarmed at this, his Teaching Assistant
warned Einstein of what he was about to do. The Professor just smiled and said: Yes the questions are the same but the answers have changed. This is squarely applicable to education in the post Covid 19 scenario.
4: Prospering in the 4th Industrial Age is not just for a few,but for anyone who can pursue Heutagogy, rather than traditional pedagogy or andragogy to be a self-directed learner. With data and tools accessible through the cloud learning is now democratised.
5: Both learners and educators will deploy AI in their pursuit of learning. Like self-driving cars, learners will transform from passive learners to active self-directed lifelong learners. Educators will master AI and become AI fluent SmartEducators.
6: While much learning can be self-learning,it may be augmented at “co-learning spaces and emerging technologies experience centres” where groups of learners broadly pursuing similar goals can learn from each other. Learning communities will be the new norm.
7: In medicine,the diagnosis treatment and management of many ailments is not done the same way as decades ago.The advances in research inform medical practice.But progress in educational research has no impact on the practice or education. This needs to change in the post Covid 19 era.
8: If these points stimulated you to know more at some length of the possibilities of the emergence of a ‘ Science of Learning’ then here is a link to an article of about 2500 words on the topic : https://mmpant.com/2020/05/20/education-in-the-post-covid-19-era/