The global Education industry is around $4.6 trillion and Canada spends around 8% of its GDP on education. It is widely acknowledged and agreed that our current system was built for an industrial age and we are currently in Knowledge Age.
This system was not meant for this age and it’s not the fault of anyone in the system today, but it is patterned after the dominant factory model of the era in which public schooling scaled, our education system functions as though all students learn at the same pace and have the same learning needs, which we know is not true. The education system we have today is, in many ways, built as a sorting system as a result. Those students who can’t keep up with the pace are sorted out at various intervals—an arrangement that worked fine for many in the past, but in today’s knowledge economy is no longer OK.
In this Knowledge Age, knowledge is a key asset for a society to create value. The health and wealth of societies depend on innovation. The responsibility of preparing students for the future and providing them with tools and skills to add value to the society and economy is reliant on their education. That can not only be achieved by teaching them about “innovation” or through didactic knowledge transmission. For an education system to be effective in transforming Canadian students into leaders of Knowledge Age, our system needs to live values of transformation and innovation. Our system needs to encourage and engage students in knowledge creation process.
Education is ripe for transformation leading to innovative practices that improve learning outcomes for all parties, making the education system more efficient and preparing students for the knowledge economy. It’s safe to say that the seismic shifts we are witnessing as a result of technological advances will continue to reshape our world in ways that we could never have imagined.
We need to ask ourselves the question, are we managing our resources in the most efficient way possible? Are we preparing our students for the world of Knowledge Age and providing them with education and skills that will help them in this knowledge based era. If we hang on to the same type of thinking, we will continue to get the same old results…or worse. This is why digital leadership is so important in a time of rapid change.
University Affairs listed following as the 5 biggest challenges facing Canadian Universities and all those challenges are fundamental to improving Canadian Education system. Fundamental underlying costs of many educational institutions and boards have risen rapidly and government support has not been able to keep pace with the rising red ink. The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data tools and technologies provide us an opportunity to A: streamline operations, B: gain efficiency and C: prepare students for the Age of Knowledge.
In order to help Canadian Education system become efficient and modern, we are creating a platform in the shape of IoT, Big Data Education Summit which brings together various stakeholders and provides them a platform to share their thoughts, concerns and learn about innovative solutions available to them.
The two days of IoT, Big Data Education Summit will address most of these five challenges and thought leaders in education and technology will share their insights as to how we can transform Canadian education system and make it more efficient and relevant to Knowledge Age.
The following topics will be key points of discussion by C-level members of school boards, colleges, and universities:
- Digitizing Education
- Building 21 Century Education System
- Personalizing Education
- Solving Funding Problem
- Standardizing of the System and Making Education Efficient
- 21st Century University
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