When it comes to education, the world of tomorrow for students is already here. The introduction of digital technologies has disrupted industries worldwide. As a result, tomorrow’s workplace will require new skills that students must prepare for. However, almost half of today’s companies believe they do not have the digital talent they need, whilst less than half of senior university students feel very prepared for their professional careers—according to McGraw-Hill Education’s 2017 Future Workforce survey.
The good news is that adaptive educational technology is already being shown to improve outcomes, including workplace readiness. Globally, educational institutions are incorporating the power of technology into their curriculums to help students develop much-needed skills. Several schools, for instance, are providing coding lessons to students. Others leverage real-time learning feedback systems and virtual reality to create engaging learning experiences.
Learning science: the key to tomorrow’s learning needs
The potential of education technology lies in its ability to maximise existing teaching resources to drive better learning outcomes for students. As Singapore’s Education Minister succinctly put it earlier this year, the key to success is not in building more facilities but rather in “changing the way we do things — uncovering students’ talents, developing them to the fullest.”
Adopting a learning science strategy means taking an integrated approach that combines educational research, instructional methods, implementation tools and data analytics. By applying this strategy, institutions can increase access to knowledge, design engaging curriculums and get insight into student analytics to transform learning outcomes. This involves studying the learning process and using the findings to develop methods that make teaching more effective. Institutions can also begin to build tools to directly support students and educators both inside and outside the classroom.
Use data as a Launchpad
Through learning science, the massive amount of data an institution has access to are transformed by powerful analytics tools to drive better teaching outcomes. Effective learning science platforms can collect and make sense of the learning needs of students at a large scale, yielding actionable insights that can be used to tailor or optimise learning. On a day-to-day basis, educators are able to identify topics or areas where students are weaker. From an institution’s perspective, it can then assess existing gaps and potential opportunities within its curriculum, and make the necessary adjustments to ensure learning is better calibrated to improve student outcomes.
Deepen the connections between educators and students
Educators will have more time to do what they do best—less administration and less teaching of basic content and more face-to-face contact time and higher-level learning.
Advances in learning science are powering a new generation of technologies that, when used by dedicated teachers, help students attain better grades and extend learning beyond the confines of the classroom. Learning science platforms use adaptive learning technology to create an individual, tailored learning pathway for each student. This technology provides students with real-time learning feedback and guidance by continually assessing their knowledge in a given course, evaluating their mastery of key concepts and understanding confidence levels. Educators will have the actionable insights that allow them to intervene effectively, delivering the benefits of a one-on-one tutorial without having to be individually present with that student. This approach has been shown to improve grades, retention rates and overall student success.
Maximise the impact of proven pedagogy
A powerful learning science platform values and enhances the impact of good content and teaching methodologies. It draws upon tried-and-trusted, authoritative sources of information and education experts to ensure the content students consume are pedagogically sound. Effective learning science solutions providers will be able to tap into long-lasting relationships with reputable publishers to provide content for adaptive learning systems. In this manner, they create a “virtuous cycle” of pedagogy, one which continually develops, refines and delivers materials through the most effective and impactful learning systems. This also makes the distribution of content more efficient and lowers the price of learning for students without compromising quality.
Harness the science of learning today to shape tomorrow’s minds
In light of evolving workplace needs, institutions can seize the potential of learning science to design engaging and relevant curriculums. Companies like McGraw-Hill Education are evolving to ensure that data-driven and adaptive learning technologies are available to educators and learners. With their support, educators and institutions are able to do more with less, maximising time and resources to deliver better student outcomes and prepare students for tomorrow’s workplace.
For more insights into shaping minds with learning science, register for our EduTECH Asia workshop or visit McGraw-Hill Education. McGraw-Hill Education will also be showcasing their latest technologies at Booth C16 within the EduTECH Asia Expo, taking place from 8-9 November.