This is a mix match between Korolis Hristos and Lis Losh ideas on the future of teaching and learning. It is important at this stage to listen and consider each researchers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs’ contribution. It is worth also mentioning that the main groups (students and teachers) who are involved in this process should be given more opportunities to oversee their roles 20 years from now.
The word sensitivity is quite intrusive and generally doesn’t have that positive meaning. It tend to warn in some cases or make you aware about things that should be dealt with in others. Please when reading the below consider the second definition.
There is this tendency to make a global world by having global goals. The idea is to unify each other under one concept like understanding the global awareness on gender equality in schools for instance. Still, there are things that were probably not explored such as: how objective would this concept be? Will it be including everyone around the world? And most importantly how effective will it be?
It appears that there is no such an idea of one identity online. I remember a TED talk where the speaker claimed that at the beginning Internet was used to connect people. One of the most outstanding examples you may tell me is Facebook. When using FB for the first time, how any of us did have foreigner on their contact list? If you check it now you will see that their number decreased enormously. The same TED speaker argued that actually the primarily excitement users showed at the beginning for them being part of one entity was no longer witnessed. On the contrary, graphs showed people grouping themselves spontaneously according to their social, cultural, religious and even economic backgrounds. Thus, would students accept that their offline identity been ignored or swiped away for the sake of a unified global education policy.
Online and offline learners come with a social and cultural perspectives that should be acknowledged during the learning process. There are higher expectations towards the role of educators in the future. Most of which need higher emotional intelligence to manage properly the class. Moreover, it would help them address correctly any individual concern with a clear understanding on what that worries or inquiries are. Take the example of a tutor who would be teaching English to Japanese students. S/he need to have a sound cultural and socials awareness about the Japanese dos and don’ts. For example avoiding having eye contact as it is viewed as a rude behaviour. It is clear again that learners do not come as empty or blank papers to class, this is why it is important to regard the role other social factors may introduce in the learning and obviously teaching process.
Learning from Community:
There is what we call a collective knowledge that we tend to refuge to when we need more information about any topic. Again this is a natural process that we tend to favour when we are in need of advice or help to solve any issue. A WISE awarded Indian university showed high performance when applying the learning by doing approach outside the classroom. They called it University of Life. Classroom members had either science related or agricultural questions. They had then to go to villages and ask shop keepers, or farmers for instance. The aim is to use villagers’ expertise, which won’t be found in the classroom, to solve some dilemmas.
There is a Think Tank called Nabni, which literally means build up in Arabic, in Algeria. They have recently realised a report for 2020 stating that the reforms that educational reforms would preferably take place should be on making future talent employers that would meet 21st century skills. The same group that is made of entrepreneurs, scholars and politicians acknowledge the fact that education is a worksite that has no end.