Challenges of 21st Century Education – Online Course
Discuss some of the key challenges affecting schools and education in the modern day with this online education course from the University of Exeter.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in education, including teachers, students, and parents. This course will also be of interest to an international audience. No prior qualifications in education are required.
What topics will you cover?
What education means in an era where assessment rules and where big data and key performance indicators are key.
In what ways education is now routinely linked to economic progress.
Whether the purpose of education has changed in the 21st century.
What positive alternatives exist to challenge dominant instrumental thinking? How have these been enacted and how can we learn from them in our own educational thinking?
Whether education can be considered as a business or corporate activity?
Other visions of education including social justice.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Reflect on your own educational experiences and consider how these might relate to contemporary concerns.
Describe some of the major changes which have occurred in education in recent years and also identify thoughts, ideas and practices which might have remained the same/similar over time.
Discuss forms of alternative education which are practiced in current education systems.
Investigate some of the affordances of technology and creativity in education.
Explore possibilities for social justice in the current education system.
Evaluate a range of perspectives to identify some alternative answers to the big questions asked about contemporary and future education.