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Walking the Path to the Future with Education 4.0

Whether you are a student or a teacher, Education 4.0 is an important part of education in the 21st century. This unique education trend is part of what is known as the fourth industrial revolution. This revolution saw the dawn of everything high-tech from virtual reality, to artificial intelligence and robotics. But what does this have to do with education? And what is Education 4.0?

What is Education 4.0?

In simple terms, Education 4.0 is where education and technology are fused together. Teachers, who are moving from the blackboard to smart boards, are the manifestation of the concept in educational institutions.

Education 4.0 has been defined as, teaching students about technology as part of the curriculum, changing the approach to learning altogether, and utilising this technology to improve the education experience.

This system of education allows students to become more independent and allows learning at a more individualised pace.

Why do students need it?

The biggest reason why Education 4.0 is in students’ best interests is that it prepares students to face a world where cyber-systems are deeply intertwined in almost all career paths. It produces more employable individuals with the knowledge needed to succeed in the real world.

This method of education has completely transformed the old-fashioned and obsolete learning methods of the past. Instead, it focuses on fostering creativity and a sense of accomplishment in the student due to a more personalised teaching method that enhances the ‘21st-century skills within the students’. These Skills include;

● Critical Thinking
● Communication
● Collaboration
● Growth Mindset

What does Education 4.0 include?
With Education 4.0, students are taught skills that break the mould of traditional education to include new subjects like,

● Robotics
● Artificial Intelligence (AI)
● Big Data
● Virtual Reality (VR)
● Augmented Reality (AR)
● Virtual environments.
● Online testing

What does the International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies think about Education 4.0?

Learning can be anywhere anytime
Learning no longer has to be limited to the restraints of the classroom. This first emerged in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic when education institutions transitioned from in-person to online. Many were sceptical about the process but once people got accustomed to it, the convenience of online learning was highlighted.

Personalised education techniques
Teaching that focuses on personal goals and capabilities is an important part of Education 4.0. This system of positive reinforcement coupled with harder tasks being introduced once a certain level is completed has shown to benefit students in the long run.

Students can choose
Students are in control (under the guidance of teachers and guardians of course). Students can choose their learning tools and methods which include Bring Your Own Device or BYOD and Hybrid learning. They will also be included in updating and modifying the curriculum which they are learning.

Exposure to the real world
Students are given a more hands-on learning experience that will better employ them for the future with assignment-based projects, internships and running projects of their own or in groups.

Education 4.0 is redefining the norms of education which have prevailed over the last centuries. With this transformation, students are moulded into well-rounded individuals with skills that are applicable to the cyber-physical world they will enter as adults. Education 4.0 sets students up for success through a modernised education system that is tailor-made with the students’ development in mind. It now falls to education institutions to follow the revolutionary processes of Education 4.0 to produce highly skilled and employable individuals.

Written by
Kimaya Abeyesundere