Saturday, 5 November 2016

Self-Learning is the future of Education




With AI looming in the background as a major threat to traditional jobs worldwide, speedily acquiring skills to build a personal portfolio of knowledge will the major way people learn stuff in the future.
The university curriculum is getting bloated. With new disciplines and sub-disciplines emerging very regularly these days, it is hard to say that what one had learnt in her typical university curriculum will always remain relevant for the foreseeable future.

MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) will become a worthy alternative for those who cannot afford a regular university or for those who want to supplement their existing education with extra skills to enable them thrive in an extremely dynamic global economy.

Self-Learning or the art of researching a field of interest and drawing up a personal study plan to tackle the field will become increasingly important to tackle most of the educational deficiencies that will be created as our economy requires people with more fragmented skillsets and our universities being unable to dynamically update the curriculum to fit in with these changes.

So, as a modern student you will have to keep learning for the rest of your career and you can do this outside a formal setting through self-learning. There are thousands of courses to choose from out there and most of them are absolutely free of charge. I have been personally taking advantage of this medium with great success in my life. You just need to decide on what you want to study and check out through a web search of the various aspects of it, and proceed to build your curriculum.

At first be prepared to have a fragmented understanding of the subject, but as you go through all the sub heads that you are not familiar with, you will gradually fill up all that is missing and gradually be on your way to becoming an expert with or without any formal system.

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