This is the first part of the 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. 

“When we speak of challenges to education today, globally, it involves three key issues, Availability (Access), Quality and FIT. When these three issues are resolved we open ourselves to a world, a future, where the right education in the right format is available across board. Education is defined as the process of facilitating learning.

According to UNESCO, The four pillars of learning will be increasingly fundamental for reshaping education. What are these four pillars?

Learning to know (Cognitive) – to provide the cognitive tools required to better comprehend the world and its complexities, and to provide an appropriate and adequate foundation for future learning.

Learning to do (Skills) – to provide the skills that enable individuals to effectively participate in the global economy and society.

Learning to be (Competent) – to provide self analytical and social skills to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential psychosocially, effectively, as well as physically, for an all-round ‘complete person.

Learning to live together (with Social Skills) – to expose individuals to the values implicit within human rights, democratic principles, intercultural understanding and respect, peace at all levels of society and human relationships to enable individuals and societies to live in peace and harmony.

It is on this four pillars we must build upon in the age of re-inventing education with technologies.

It is no longer news that digital education will be equally vital to this changing landscape of education. One of the first large scale efforts in this direction is MOOCS (Massive Open Online Course). The scalability of MOOCs for example, allowed for massive global accessibility to high quality content with a fraction of the cost of infrastructure compared to traditional teaching methods. In addition MOOCS are inline with the current and changing job market, and supports self paced, life-long learning.

Unfortunately dropout rates continue to increase and student engagement in online learning continue to wane.

The one size fit all model of traditional classroom found itself a digital home with MOOCS. So while quality market-adaptive content is improving greatly, there a huge gap in delivery.

By delivery I mean, “How teaching is done”. Like many things online, education has to be driven by personal relevance and ease of access to learning content and activities.

Traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS) also do not deliver in these areas as they focus on learning administration instead of learning itself. Research has demonstrated that engaging students in the learning process makes learning more effective. Engagement increases students’ attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking, and promotes meaningful learning.

So, is it all doom and gloom for education? How do we solve these problems? We have solutions in our reach, two key applicable uses of technology towards a better future for education. Personalised to Adaptive learning and Mastery-based learning. So, not just doom and gloom, but real solutions for real problems.

(The two other parts of this speech will follow 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:

Mariam Shodeinde

Mariam Shodeinde is leading the scaling up of Claned’s Global Business Development efforts into new markets. She works with creating and implementing scalable and sustainable solutions with our clients and partners. Mariam is a devoted and committed Edu-enthusiast. She has previously worked with edtech innovations focused on the emerging market and Impact business creation.

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