New Areas Of Technology Job Creations For Next Decade
Coursera and Khan Academy are two amongst hundreds of startups who are working to reshape education and make it easily accessible and remain highly cost effective. Technology is also breaking all frontiers in creating contents that would eventually replace the need of a teacher. Virtual teachers today help students learn better, faster and at their convenience. However, today the education system continues to improve upon the foundations that were laid out centuries back, without changing these foundations. It is not far that we may see these established foundations being challenged and replaced from brick and mortar school and college buildings and physical teachers to completely virtual colleges.
In a discussion with a school principle, I came to know that new government rule is compelling them to give admission to children from poor background and educate them free. While the principle was in favor of such a social service, he was vocal of the fact that virtual classrooms can eliminate the needs of such students to travel from far off places to attend school.
The next decade would be witnessing significant changes in technology involved in dispensing education at every level while it may also challenge the age old established basics of education and bring in a truly virtual and internal education platform that would bring the cost of education down, help everyone from any place to participate at any time in their knowledge building. It is not far that a four-year engineering course that is taught to thousands of students would get so customized that every student may end up learning what they need at any given time. The duration of education would then not be confined to few years of college, but to entire lifetime.
Such will be the impact of technology in changing the genes and behavior of education system as we see today that it will create thousands of new opportunities from technology platform creators to content creators and subject matter experts (teachers & professors). Technology will help education reach the remotest corner of the world and will help create a highly aware next generation.