Five shifts to consider for building a better learning environment
Now that digital transformation is well under way, it is important to rethink and revamp our physical learning landscape.
A critical puzzle likely to define the trajectory of education in years to come is when and in what conditions summoning students and their professors under the same roof actually makes sense? Or, put differently, what are the kinds of interactions that are critical in education that one cannot have alone, online or independent of location? Answers to these questions are particularly relevant for designing hybrid or blended learning experiences that need to meaningfully bring together physical and virtual spaces and methods.
Here are five shifts and the opportunities they present for adapting and reinstating the in-person and physical elements of learning:
From traditional classrooms and lecture halls to flexible spaces and the real world
From disciplinary-centred knowledge transmission to challenge-based learning
From learning alone to learning collaboratively
From writing papers and taking exams to making and building prototypes
From lecturers to coaches and learning facilitators
Reskill yourself. Our research has highlighted the following emergent set of skills that are becoming increasingly more valuable for higher education teaching staff than delivering traditional lectures (these can be done through videos or robots after all): coaching, facilitation, content curation and learning experience design.