The Unfinished Question

Why The Future Of Learning Is Not Very Obvious

Abhishek Kothari

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart-Helen Keller

The evolution of learning is a fantastic story of our constant and incomplete endeavor to find better modes of imparting education. Our struggle stems from the fact that word ‘education’ has deeper connotations than its most obvious meaning. The gap between academia and real life experience is a good proxy of that deeper meaning.

We believe that digitization can replace the existing university system. In 2018, rougly $1.45 billion was invested in EdTech in the USA surpassing the $1.2 billion invested in 2017. As per research by Seattle based Metaari, global investment in EdTech reached an astonishing $10.6 billion in first three quarters of 2018. There are about 700 universities offering an online education either through MOOC’s or paid lessons. Harvard launched their version HBX in 2013.

The reality today is far from a completely digital landscape. Instead of supplanting the old order, technology has democratized access and created other options that complement our real life university experience. We need to search for less obvious answers. To do that, we need to finish our question.

Using examples, this story illustrates three components missing from our present education system. They are by no means a complete answer. Rather, these missing pieces will help us finish an unfinished question about the kind of education system we want to create. Without a finished question, we will only have superficial answers.

Life does not always proceed in a linear fashion. While technology is eating up the world, this broad mega trend has many side effects. There is a resurgence in vinyl. As per Billboard, 2017 was the twelfth straight year of rise in vinyl sales. Raw analog photos shot using Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras are also gaining popularity as cloud storage proliferates and 5G broadband is on the anvil. It is true that the world of education is no different. The overwhelming trend is towards digitization. The biggest benefit is a near zero marginal cost product that can be…

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Abhishek Kothari

Futurist@The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR