At the beginning of this module, we have been asked to make a plasticine template that refers to the shape of the future of learning. I make a video game controller that explain how the education will be playing a big role for entertainment and people spend long time on games. At the end of the module, they have been asked to make another one that reflect what they have learnt and put any possible change to their plasticine but I have been abroad so I did not make any changes on my plasticine. But I will talk on my experience in this module and the video discussions that we have made about what the teaching and learning look like in 2040?, and to reflect on each other talk.
First, in this course, using blogs and social media is a requirement for sharing information and commenting on the lecture. Also, every week we have a task which requires making a blog about every week topic. Then as a reflection, we have to comment on others blogs as an interactive method to show our critical thinking. As a result, my experience on this course significantly reinforces the research conducted on the use of blogging in education and encourage us to read more and to find new resources about the topic. I started learning how to blog by using personal web blog such as WordPress and Tweeter to make comments and hashtags to our module and the lecture topics. I found it quit challenging because I have never used it before, but after using it for a while I realised it very useful and it just needs practice of how to use it.
Another significant aspect that I have learnt is that blogs could help to add new skills to educators such as allowing them to do new things that were not possible otherwise like sharing knowledge in a different way. It has also allowed students to create interaction learning environment where students can be taught from the each other and share ideas with each other regarding the project being studied. By the end of this module, I have some recommendations of using blogs and social media to enhance both the teaching and learning experience such as examining educators’ communication via blogs, using blogs to present educators’ motivation and how they express their ideas, using blogs to identify student differences and their weaknesses and strengths.
Finally, the final task in this module was to make discussion videos about the teaching and learning in 2040. So, we have been divided to groups and each member in the group should talk about a different topic in terms of what it will look like in the future and what it brings to the topic. My group included Francesca, Siti, and Yaiza. The first speaker was Francesca and she talked about collaborative and sharing knowledge. She indicated that collaborative learning and sharing knowledge very important to have better developed education system and we should be prepared to learn the skills that needed for the future. In fact, some countries are moving toward developing the education and prepare it for the future. For example, UK government is spending 45 billions for building schools for the future program.
Next, speaker Yaiza has talked about the complex theory and the need of having a good interaction and to create a powerful and effective educational environment by using the technology. I think the challenge is that people become more familiar with the new technology and practice using it in the education.
Then, Siti ,the third speaker, added that the new technology is very expensive and it might be for people who can afford to learn in this new environment. Also, The assessment criteria should be change using the technology to measure students understanding not just their memory.
For me, I am more optimistic about using the technology and I talked about virtual reality in the education and it can bring new dimension for teaching and learning by creating virtual classrooms and convenient access to educational resources. Also, the communication will be more easier for all parts in the environment.
I included an example of cities that will be built for the future such as Saudi Arabia which they are building a new city called “NEOM” and it will be ready by 2030 as a part of the government vision. This city will be based on new technology such as VR and Augmented reality and considering the economical change for the world and might be used for all Saudi cities. So, by 2040, all this technology could be used in education. However, that could be different from country to another.
In addition, I indicated some recommendations that could be used for developing programs for the future of education such as curriculum for networked learning, educators and their personal network and relation, mentoring network development, and creating public forum discussing the development and to emerge social network in the education system.
At the end I would like to thank my group Francesca, Yaiza, and Siti for the interesting discussion. I believe these discussed components from the speakers could help to shape the teaching and learning in 2040 and the future and to have better impact on the education environment.
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