Technology is changing the way we learn. All the world’s information is at our fingertips. We can translate documents from one language to another with the click of a button. We can follow lessons taught by experts on the other side of the planet. We can instantly look up archived video lectures on any topic under the sun.
All of these things are already possible in 2019. What does the future bring? Will the role of technology be to support and enhance existing education methods? Or could it eventually replace traditional classroom teaching altogether?
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What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in from Inês, who thinks online learning is great… but she doesn’t believe it can ever replace traditional classroom teaching. Is she right to be sceptical?
To get a response, we spoke to Niklas Nienaß, a German Green Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and member of the Committee on Culture and Education. Does he agree with Inês?
To get another perspective, we put the same comment to Andrew Bruff, an English teacher who runs the educational YouTube channel MrBruff. What would he say?
We also put Inês’ comment to Joao Costa, co-founder of Kenhub, an online learning platform. How would he respond?
Next up, we had a comment from Gábor, who is worried about “pseudo-science” being taught online. When junk science videos purporting to explain what happens if you detonate a nuclear bomb in the Mariana trench (apparently it would “simply tear the planet apart”) are racking up 29 million views (twice as many as the rebuttals), surely this is a serious concern.
How would German Green MEP Niklas Nienaß respond? Does he think the quality of online learning is the same as traditional education provided by regulated institutions?
We also put Gábor’s comment to Shaun Donnelly, an educational YouTuber who runs the FreeScienceLessons channel. How would he react to Gábor’s concerns?
Finally, we spoke to Alexa Polidoro, a French teacher who runs the Learn French With Alexa channel on YouTube. Could she reassure Gábor?
Could online learning replace the traditional classroom? Should online educators be certified to ensure quality? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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