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Online education after COVID-19 by Ormond Simpson [EMPOWER COVID webinar week, day 2]

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Online education after COVID-19 by Ormond Simpson [EMPOWER COVID webinar week, day 2]

  1. 1. Online Education after Covid - predictions Ormond Simpson ormond.simpson@gmail.com www.ormondsimpson.com
  2. 2. We have so many world problems at the moment… The Pandemic – not over yet 2
  3. 3. Global Heating 3
  4. 4. Pollution - atmospheric - plastic 4
  5. 5. Species extinction 5
  6. 6. Terrorism and warfare 6
  7. 7. Poverty and social injustice So many problems - How can we possibly solve them all? 7
  8. 8. “Civilisation is in a race between Education and Catastrophe” - H. G. Wells H. G. Wells Author 1866 - 1946 So can education be the answer to the world’s problems? 8
  9. 9. “Universalising Higher Education” “we need to universalise access to higher education so that everyone’s brains can develop their best talents” - Tim Blackman https://world.edu/universal-higher-education -is-the-key-to-combating-misinformation/ 26 November 2020 Tim Blackman Vice Chancellor UK Open University 9
  10. 10. Conventional face to face higher education – two problems: - Expensive - Exclusive Is there an answer to these problems? 10
  11. 11. So is online education the answer to ‘universalising higher education’ and avoiding catastrophe? But still problems: - Access to online education – still limited and still costly – currently the internet is making the difference between rich and poor worse - Too much dropout – Still high levels of dropout – often more than 80% of students do not finish their online education course 11
  12. 12. Access to online education “Far too many young people remain excluded and unable to use the web to share their talents and ideas” “A third of young people have no internet access at all. An investment of US$428bn over the next decade would provide everyone with a quality broadband connection” - Tim Berners-Lee Open letter to mark 32 years of the web https://webfoundation.org/2021/03/web- birthday-32/ (12 March 2021) Tim Berners-Lee Founder of the Web 12
  13. 13. ANNUAL arms sales of the world’s largest arms-producing companies US$420bn in 2018 - Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (2019) 13
  14. 14. Dropout in Online Education How can we overcome the dropout problem? 14
  15. 15. 45 years in distance education summed up in one sentence…! - “You learn best when there is someone (or something?) who cares that you learn” So is online learning just too impersonal for many students? 15
  16. 16. 16 ”I have 300 students on my Health Sciences course. How do I make that personal?”
  17. 17. How to ‘personalise’ online learning? Mentoring Study Dating Families Artificial Intelligent Tutors 17
  18. 18. ‘AI will have the biggest impact. In the future, every single student will have their own personal AI tutor’ - Professor John Domingue Professor John Domingue, Director The Knowledge Media Institute UK Open University 18
  19. 19. But what to teach? “Most people would rather die than think, and many of them do” – Bertrand Russell Lord Bertrand Russell 1872-1970 -mathematician and philosopher Nobel Prize winner 19
  20. 20. Or to put it another way… Daniel Kahneman 1934 - Economist Nobel Prize winner We have two ways of thinking – • System 1thinking– fast, instinctive and unconscious • System 2 thinking – slow, analytical and conscious, using evidence 20
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  22. 22. Above all – teach thinking and the ability to judge evidence “Only public universities can perform that role, with their quality-assured teaching backed by rigorous, properly funded research and undertaken by dedicated, independently minded professionals” - Tim Blackman 22
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