THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION: ONLINE LEARNING
The development of my Digital Artefact (DA) was publicly available online on my WordPress blogs, YouTube and Twitter. On my YouTube channel, my 2-part mini series was uploaded and embedded as posts on my Twitter page. I have completed my final video essay and posted it on my WordPress blog and YouTube. I have also embedded a link on Twitter to inform the public.
According to the Data Bridge Market Research report as published by Globe New Wire in August 2020, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) market will grow at a rate of 40.50% by 2027 due to increase demand by companies as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has changed the pattern from traditional classroom learning to online learning worldwide. In fact, even before COVID-19, there was already high growth and adoption in education technology including language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, or online learning software. My DA focus will be on the future of online education.
From project pitch to project beta and then to the final DA, I have carried out massive research including news/media, academic texts and scholarly sources. I also went through my lecture notes to find relevant resources to support my DA. I have received suggestions to include more future images and movies to enrich my DA. This study also includes my personal experience and observation of the people around me.
When planning for my DA, I carried out some background research and found that online education is the trending phenomenon of the future. Then I carried out deeper research on the changes that would happen in the next 5, 10, 25 and 50 years.
My target audience are mainly teachers, principals, students, parents and social workers. When knowing more about future online education, teachers and principals can plan ahead in order to maximise online teaching’s effectiveness, teaching and learning policies; students can know more about future online learning opportunities; parents and social workers will be aware of students’ online activities and then give them support.
My journey started from conducting background research about online education. After my project pitch, I decided to not only look at the future changes of online education but also to explore the technological advancements of online education, the constraints, the challenges, the ethical issues and also the consequences of having online education, that is, whether it leads to utopia or dystopia. I, myself, did not attend physical school classes since the pandemic and have used Zoom and Webex to attend classes. Some of my friends around me also experienced these changes and that gave me the opportunity to explore the subject further in my DA.
Originally, I plan to produce my DA in the form of a video essay. However, in order to increase my public engagement with the audience, I prepared a 2-part mini series about the changes in online education to arouse interest of the people to follow me in my YouTube channel, Twitter and WordPress blogs. The social media engagement through YouTube has been very successful as I have received lots of comments on my project pitch. After seeing the comments, I made some changes to my beta. I will also focus the technological advancements, the constraints, the ethical issues and whether this change would lead to utopia or dystopia. At last, I also added the challenges faced by online education system and probably suggesting some solutions to make my DA more complete.
Project’s success and limitations
It is no doubt that online education will be the education mode in the next 5, 10, 25 or 50 years as statistics also supported this. With the advancement of educational technologies, lectures and seminars will no longer have to be confined within classrooms. Online education will eventually spread around the world without the limitations of time, space and place. With the assistance of digital textbooks and mobile devices to virtual learning systems and online courses, online education will definitely be successful in the near future. However, we also need to consider the limitations faced by online education and this can be found in my analysis of the constraints, challenges and ethical issues.
Due to the pandemic situation, I was not able to carry out interviews with companies or scholars that have taken part in online education. My research was mainly dependent on online research and lecture materials. Also, the observational research is only based on the experience of my friends which may not be comprehensive.
I have received feedback and comments from my WordPress blogs, my videos on YouTube, my survey polls on Twitter and also from my 2-part mini series. I uploaded Part 1 of my mini series on YouTube after the project pitch and the other one after the project beta. The feedback was quite encouraging.
There are lots of futuristic images from Google, CANVA and Unsplash.com. However, I could only relate to one or two film/movie resources for reference.
Approach to Future Cultures DA Challenge
The change from offline learning is drastic and everyone has to adapt to this new form of education mode. We are struggling to adapt to these new changes in a very short period of time. My digital artefact video essay can provide some information to this challenge. This is an informative video to inform the audience about the future of online education by exploring the changes, the constraints, the challenges, the technological advancement, and some ethical issues. I then leave to the audience to decide whether the change will lead to a utopia or dystopia.
Relevant concepts and ideas from subject lectures
I have referred to articles, movies and short films online that showcase the topic with lots of information. Relevant lectures can be found out in Week 4, “Multiple Futures” and in Week 8, “Cyberculture: Cyborgs, Androids and Robots”.
In this project, I learned how to improve my DA by adopting the comments and suggestions from my peers and teacher. I also learned how to increase my publicity by engaging the audience on my 2-part series, my pitch, my beta and finally my DA.
For next time, I should have uploaded more video clips, not just the 2-part series, in YouTube and write more blogs on my Twitter page and WordPress. Maybe I can include those blogs in my Instagram also to engage more with the public.
Intrado Globenewswire. 2020. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Market will grow at a rate of 40.50% by 2027: High Demand Due to COVID-19. [online] Available at: <https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/08/24/2082887/0/en/Massive-Open-Online-Course-MOOC-Market-will-grow-at-a-rate-of-40-50-by-2027-High-Demand-Due-to-COVID-19-Companies-Profiled-LinkedIn-FutureLearn-NovoEd-Udemy-and-more.html>
Ryan, D., 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed education forever. This is how. [online] PolyU. Available at: <https://www.polyu.edu.hk/sllo/hackathon/index.php/library/50-the-covid-19-pandemic-has-changed-education-forever-this-is-how>