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Cognitive Education: The Tipping Point

An interesting article reviewing the key challenges affecting the education sector, discussing how technological advances, from digitisation to cognitive computing, can transform the learning journey.

The continuation of the one-size-fits all model for education, which efficiently produced large batches of factory workers in the industrial age, is leading to widespread disengagement with the education system - especially, when getting a degree or diploma is no longer a ticket to a secure employment and a stable life. 

On a more optimistic note, emerging digital technologies provide exciting opportunities for transforming education. This will require a fundamental change in education's traditional conservative approach to embracing technology.

"Dependence on government spending and old-world policies often meant that technology was perceived as a good-to-have capability to be considered after addressing more pressing problems of the education industry, rather than as strategic a tool to overcome many of the deficiencies or provide a competitive advantage. This perception is changing with even emerging economies leapfrogging into the digital age through massive deployment of low-cost laptops and tablets, and expansion of broadband technologies. The availability of cloud-based platforms for disseminating content and delivering pedagogy at scale - as evidenced, for example, in the rise of the MOOCs - means that we can expect significant progress to be made in the coming years in lowering costs and increasing access to quality education."

Read more here.

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