The Future of Teaching and Learning in Adulthood

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What does the future hold for the field of education? Technology is going to play a big factor in education moving forward. Bryan Alexander is a futurist, educator, speaker, and writer who has written many articles on education. You can view his work here or follow him on Twitter Bryan Alexander


Open Education – Let’s save our college students some money!!

There are many educators and authors who share a common belief that knowledge is constructive when shared. David Wiley says he can share his knowledge without completely giving his own knowledge away. It has a special property that it can be given without giving it away (Wiley, 2010).

David Wiley 5 Rs and Open Education

What do you think? Do you think there needs to be a change in the way education is practiced? Several things comes to mind when we talk about education:

  • Safety in our schools
  • Cost of textbooks
  • Motivation to learn
  • Who are our educators?

It does seem that we have been doing something wrong. While policy defines standards that must be followed, it also adds hurdles to teaching. This occurs in public education (standardized testing) and in higher education (academic freedom vs. standards). Now may be the time to really focus on how other countries are educating their youth and adults. The Top 10 (and Counting) Education Systems in the World counts down the best countries for education (starting with number one, South Korea). The “greatest” country in the world, the U.S.A,  is not even in the top 10.  The United States ranked 14th, right beneath Russia.  Granted, the US is up three spots from a previous study, but shouldn’t the greatest country in the world be in the top ten?  Can you take any guesses as to why this is? Take some time to explore what other countries are doing to make their education systems the best. What technology are they using? Are their practices better? Are they more intelligent? Are they utilizing educational practices that the U.S. just has not yet caught up to?


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