How is education changing?

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Posted on: 13 May 2020

Our mission at Valenture Institute is to evolve education as we believe in providing more than just a quality online education.

Even before COVID-19, we knew education had to change. Today, this is more apparent than ever.

“We're moving away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach to education,” says our founder and CEO, Robert Paddock. More specialisation and personalisation of education is needed for students to thrive, i.e. both in terms of curriculum and education practice.  

Our mission at Valenture Institute has always been to evolve education as we believe in providing more than just a quality online education - we’re dedicated to empowering a global student body of responsible citizens and equipping them to make the best of their collective and individual futures.

We asked our Valenture faculty and staff how they see education changing now, as well as in the future:  

“I don't believe education has changed in the 15 years I have been teaching. Quote: 'We have to look back almost two centuries to find the root causes of today’s global learning crisis. The current classroom and schooling model, where teachers deliver uniform and standardised content through lectures for students with little space to adjust to students potential and needs, appears not much different from the mass production systems of the first Industrial Revolution era in the late 18th century.'" - Gareth

“Apart from the obvious migration to digital learning, teaching has become more student/learner initiated and led education has become a more student/learner initiated and led activity. 

“There's been massive growth in the popularity of Massive Open Online Courses and online degrees, showing that people are becoming more active in seeking out knowledge. This is likely due to a realisation that the existing skills they have are no longer sufficient to succeed in a rapidly changing world. 

“In the secondary education space, more and more schools are straying from the instructor-led model of teaching towards approaches that promote more active learning. The goal is to not make education feel forced, but rather to pique students’ interests and motivate them to seek out knowledge.” - Mubeen

“The world is changing so fast. The skills we needed yesterday are not going to be the same as the skills we need tomorrow. It's a huge task for educators today to adapt and teach the skills that are needed for a future world, when that world is largely unknown and changing so fast. Education is also changing in it's accessibility. I believe we are getting closer than ever to bridge the huge inequality in our planet by finding creative means to provide top quality education to those less fortunate.” - Kim 

“It is becoming more bespoke and flexible - individuals want tailor-made solutions to their specific needs. Traditional education - sitting at desks getting told what you need to learn by the teacher - is changing to more learner-centred, activity-based learning where the students help to construct their own knowledge and understanding. Use of technology in existing classrooms is increasing enormously, with a concomitant increase in online teaching and learning.” - Garth

“With different learning styles, learning difficulties and other socio/economic/gender/inclusivity/health issues that individuals are facing today mainstream schooling cannot keep up and provide a learning environment that is free from prejudice,bias and that meets the needs of all individuals. Remote learning not only provides access to high quality education, but does so in a stress-free environment that is tailored to the needs of the individual.” - Nicolette

“Today's younger generation thinks in a totally different way, with needs that are different to older generations. Outdated schooling systems do them a disservice by forcing a mould that no longer fits. We need to be preparing kids for a world that doesn't yet exist. My sense is that this means we are equipping them with tools and skills, both intellectual and emotional, to be able to question, empathise and critically engage with the world around them.” - Roxanne

“Education is not changing fast enough to keep up with the outside world. Children are becoming less and less prepared for University and the new careers of the world. This is why I believe in the concept of EdTech and what Valenture is doing in terms of changing, and challenging, the traditional education landscape.” - Danjella

“Students need to acquire the skills that will enable them to thrive in a fast paced world. For example, they don't need to be told 'facts' which they memorise for an exam. They need to develop academic literacy skills, and the ability to discern fact from misinformation in a multitude of sources and media.” - Samantha

“I believe it's becoming less textbook based and more life based. We live in an ever-changing world. Everything is uncertain and dynamic. I believe that education is shifting to prepare students for connection, empathy, exclusivity, resilience, flexibility and creative problem solving.” - Sarah 

“Education is being turned into a for-profit industry, which is, contrary to popular belief, definitely to its benefit.” - Lizzy 

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