This is the third and final part of the Future of Learning -speech delivered by Mariam Shodeinde at The New Technologies seminar in Geneva on January 19, 2018 to an audience consisting representatives from over leading 150 NGO’s in the world.
The second key application of Artificial intelligence playing a major role in the future of education is, Mastery based learning.
When a students learn algebra which is a basic principle in mathematics, as long as they “passed” on a predetermined criteria of X-percent or XGrade, they are forced to go to the next step regardless of how wobbly the knowledge of the foundational principles are.
This can lead to frustration and learning difficulties in students who require different pace of learning. Just image the frustration and boredom in students who have to slow down even though they have passed mastery.
This speaks to why, many people claim to be bad at math, as at a point in the learning process “learning” was lost and all that was left was “memorizing” facts to pass tests.
Mastery based learning, is the idea that student should not be allowed to progress to the next level until they acquire mastery where they are in cumulative subjects like Mathematics, for example.
Mastery based learning is not necessarily a new concept, but it has been laborious to stick to. This was the case especially due to the limited resources of schools and educators, making it impossible to implement on a large scale. Now, with computer assisted teaching and digital classrooms with personalized to adaptive learning, it is now possible to apply this widely.
The intersection of Personalized-Adaptive learning and mastery based learning, is a future made possible with Artificial intelligence.
Birthing a new kind of learning experience, where students can study what they want, how they want at the pace they want, as many times as they want, where cognitive skills are fully developed, and not just pass grade developed.
This is where new skills can be mastered, without the limitations of learning challenges and difficulties. This is the future we want to create today.
(The two other parts of this speech are available on this blog page.)
The main themes of the New Technologies seminar were #education, #cybersecurity, #climatechange and #peaceprocess. The seminar was organised by the Permanent Mission of Finland to UN in Geneva and Claned Group.
Read more on The New Technologies seminar from Finland Mission news release.