It will not take long before we will be able to up- and download knowledge (=data) from and to our brain. This is the logical next step in the digital evolution and will take place within the next 5 to 10 years! After we were able to store data into machines, known as computers, the machines evolved from mainframes and desktops, to portable laptops, smartphones and tablets, to wearable devices like glasses, watches, … Data is comming closer to our body than we think.
Although the next step, inside our body, seems part of a bad episode of stars wars, data driver devices are already part of our lifes (pacemakers, cochlear implants, …) and are tech companies establishing connections between human brains and microchips. Once this connection is optimized, we’re ready to embark on the next step. Data up- and downloading from and to our brain.
The introduction of this technology will have a huge impact on the way we learn and teach, and therefore on our educational system. For the moment our educational system is shaped around knowledge, attitude and skills, with a (strong?!) focus on knowledge. When knowledge becomes instant (uploadable), we need to rethink our educational system to stay relevant…and yes education still is needed, but needs to refocus around attitude and skills. The educational value will be about how people can use this (exponential amount) of knowledge in their benefit, instead of teaching this knowledge. A true paradigm shift, if you ask me…where we need coaches instead of teachers. Coaches who are flexibel, who can motivate, who reach results! In this new educational paradigm skill – oriented programs will become more relevant than theoretical programs.
A new type of teacher needs to be shaped, and educated…are we ready to take this step? Universities and university colleges should prepare for this step with new teacher course programs focussing on coaching skillsets that are relevant in this new society! The next generation of teachers (and lecturers) is all about people oriented skills and creating (innovative) context environments where students can apply and practice their knowledge (instead of learning it). Are they up for the challenge?