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The Global Workforce Trends That Are Transforming Education in 2019

Digital and technological implementation in the workplace is streamlining processes and changing employment landscape at a break-neck pace. Understanding how the nature of work is changing, and its impact on the global labor market, business and economic settings, is key to understanding how education may also change.

What is the future of ‘work’?

Across all industries, ‘big data’ and artificial intelligence (AI) are impacting how day-to-day work is carried out at all levels. From human resources to nursing and marketing, all jobs are being impacted by the digital world in three key ways:

  1. The types of work that can be automated, such as administrative tasks, manufacturing and analytical processes
  2. Who is now working and what their role looks like, with new positions and careers being created
  3. Where work is now being done in a more mobile and globally connected way, in a new modern workplace.

While jobs are more machine powered than before, techniques of deep thinking, problem-solving, interpretation and communication are still vital human skills needed in the workplace. Having a hybrid work environment, between physical and digital, is where the job space is heading.

This, in turn, is demanding change from education, as experiences need to be altered to ready future generations for this new, connected workplace.

The future of learning and education

Education is now having to alter to fit the current workplace, changing its legacy concepts to a more adaptive and modern classroom to reflect the similarly evolving workplace.

Connected classrooms

The traditional convention of a teacher conducting lessons in front of their class is slowly becoming a thing of the past, with adaptive student learning spaces being a more flexible and fluid environment, helping to encourage students to learn in their own way.

Allowing more collaboration, both face-to-face and online, classrooms can coexist as a physical and online space. This promotes a much more connected digital learning experience, where technology is now essential for the classroom. Although there is still skepticism around the practicality of a connected environment, students need to have the technology proficiency to enter a tech-dominated world. Understanding how to use technology as an advantage, not a hindrance, is the challenge to educators.

One benefit of a digital learning space is the ability to provide more personalized education. Traditional lesson plans can let students slip through the cracks, leaving them to become disengaged, which in turn creates poor results in both assessments and behavior.

Individualized learning plans allow students to learn at their own speed, targeting skills they need to work on, and deliver content that specifically benefits them the most. Teachers will still play a key role, with a hybrid learning plan balancing the best of physical and digital education.

This digital classroom means teachers will need to adapt and grow, empowering students to be innovative and take advantage of their personalized learning space. A teacher in 2019 needs to be able to analyse student data and curriculum differently, being more of an analyst and collaborator than ever before.

AI in education

AI in education, or AIEd, has started to gather steam as a viable education option, with interest growing in how AI can be used to maximize the teaching and student experience. AI systems (such as Siri, Alexa, GPS navigators, etc.) are able to carry out specific goals and will have an impact on pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in schools.

Understanding how AI can impact education and what uses it has is key to its implementation by education professionals.

How can AI impact education?

AI has a wide range of applications in education, including:

  • Grading homework, evaluating essays and measuring student responses
  • Reviewing ‘fill in the blank’ or multiple-choice tests – this capability will soon be expanded to an ability to mark all essays through cognitive learning
  • Automatically processing paperwork and offering online support via a chatbot.

Carnegie Learning is an example of a program that streamlines processes for teachers and helps students grow in the classroom, utilizing AI for some fascinating practices.

How can I learn more?

If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can grow your educational knowledge and incorporate a more connected learning experience into your classroom, you may be interested in studying a Master of Education at Edith Cowan University.

You can take part in an accelerated program that’s 100% online, so you can continue full-time work. You’ll be able to upskill your educational knowledge and learn more about the AI education experience. Learn how to grow and evolve as an educator by discovering the Master of Education now.

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