Where would the world be without engineers, accountants, doctors, lawyers, care keepers, nurses and all the other titles that are necessary to sustain life as we know it? For all these positions and jobs to exist, an educational system is necessary. It is a proven fact that countries that have an educational system tend to have a workforce that is more productive that those who lacks one. Up until now, this system is known to be the proper way to train individuals who are willing to learn, grow, and reach success in their respective fields. All over the world, millions of students are graduating from school armed with diplomas searching for jobs and opportunities where they can apply their acquired knowledge. Unfortunately in a world that is now more connected than ever before, the pool of graduates is getting wider and wider, making it difficult for young graduates to find position that satisfies their personal needs. One thing is certain, the way things have been working up until now does not necessarily mean that it is going to stay this way as the only constant variable in life as we know it is change. Could it be true that our society is drifting towards a system where what used to work does not no more? Could things be applied differently thanks to technology?
We have been trained to believe that education was the only way to learn new concepts and grasps new ideas, but it this really all there is to the academic system? There are several ways of learning. Today, unlike before, all sorts of classes are being offered online. Society is offering to anyone willing to learn the tools to gain knowledge. Although it may not be considered by the system as there is no diploma that comes with many of these learning tools found on the internet, it is undeniable that a large amount of information is now available to everyone within a few clicks. What we once could only dream of is now becoming a reality. The pace in which technology is evolving is changing the way we communicate, reach each other, grasp knowledge, do things, and simply live.
Can technology eliminate class rooms and exams?
There is no doubt that technology is affecting the way we learn. It is only a matter of time before it becomes one of the main driving force of education. In fact, as time goes by, technology is becoming vital to education. Does going to class and taking exams in order to evaluate our competence the only way for students to demonstrate their acquired abilities? Let us note that as more and more courses are given online, waiting for the exam at the end of the semester isn’t necessarily the only way to be tested in today’s educational system.We now have the ability to allow students advance and learn at their own pace and take their exams, although within a certain range of time, whenever they feel ready for it, and not at a specific time and at a specific place when educators think their students have mastered the material. In 2012, in Salt Lake city, Utah, a software known as Competency-based learning had been installed in the Western Arizona University. The idea was to transfer whatever materials was seen in class online so students could access it at anytime. It is now becoming the trend in both high-school, community colleges, as well as in universities, says Julia Freeland, a graduate from law school whose blog talks about education. Ever since, it has been noted that the marks of students have been increasing constantly, to the point where, it is predicted that whole degrees can be based on that system. Some of these softwares used in schools and universities are starting to find their usefulness even in the world of business. Many firms are now starting to apply the same thing in their respective fields. For example, Thanks to the artificial intelligence software, some firms can constantly tweak the way it presents new information to the individual, but for the former hall exam system to be replaced in the educational system, there has to be a fundamental change in the established system. This competency-based learning system can even become, according to Collin Barras, a way to identity new talents, because after all, as Freeland claims, “it is in the employers best interests to have a say in how students are certified.”