21. the future according to…

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So we’re spending the last section discussing the future of education in terms of it’s relationship with technology and the web. Currently we’re going through the four possible futures presented by Bryan Alexander, with bulletpoints by Professor Lockman in class. How will the infrastructure of schools have changed by 2022, and what effect will it have on us?

Honestly, I personally dislike the idea of the prospect of Phantom Learning, with too much reliance and integration of technology into the school. However, I see it as an unfortunate but realistic path of development, unfortunate because though I’m not against changing and advancing technology, I think too heavy a reliance on computers and such is risky. Books and blackboards will never be affected by viruses, blackouts and the likes; the learning process shouldn’t be too dependent on devices that can’t be 100% reliable. And maybe I’m just a little old school and really like the idea of books and pens and paper.

I think it’s likely that Phantom Learning would combine with the option ofalt.residential,  to shape the future of university learning. Though I’m generally sceptic about computers getting too big a role in the classroom and such, I’m not oppossed to the idea of alt.residential  in itself. Certainly it takes away the whole socializing aspect of school; in that sense I don’t think it’s ideal for little children. Like most things, I think it’s better to phase it in slowly every year – it seems more logical to have a Phantom Learning in university; most kids go to local schools in their area the first 12 years of education, and I think that’s a system that should stay. Technology can be introduced year by year, to make sure that students are technologically literate enough by the time they graduate high school to function in a Phantom Learning & alt.residential university. This way you can better ensure that kids are both have good social skills through interacting at school in their fundemantal years, as well as being well-versed in technology.

Honestly, I think alt.residential presents a fantastic opportunity for those who might not have the means (especially as the economy contiues to be in the downward slope of the roller coaster) to pursue a higher education without having to worry about relocation costs. As a result of the economy being in a downturn, successfully applying for a job is getting increasingly hard – and often having a degree of some sort can give you that extra competitve edge. By creating a greater amount of alt.residential schools you give more and more students the opportunity to gain competitive skills. You could even, in the foreseeable future, facilitate learning across continents, allowing kids in areas where it’s difficult to build schools and universities (and who don’t have the means to move either) to get the same education we are priveleged with in developed countries.

So… I don’t know. I love the idea of technology being used as a tool to help more people, to educate more people. I think it would be dangerous to remove in-person  interacting from the early years of school – school, classmates, teachers etc, are an important part of secondary socializations. Plus, I dislike the idea of overly relying on technology because it’s not yet a 100% fail-safe system. However it presentys so many possibilities for those who can’t afford to relocate just to get a better education.



One thought on “21. the future according to…

  1. I’m glad you raised the point of socialization in early age education. Several of your classmates have brought this idea up as a critique on too heavy a reliance on online learning.

    You also raise thoughtful points about how alt.residential and phantom learning scenarios can be beneficial to those whose economic circumstances don’t make going to a traditional residential university an option.

    These are tough and challenging issues. I appreciate the level of thought and analysis you’ve put in to thinking these matters over.

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