EDU8401 : The Future of Learning (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Sugata Mitra
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


In the developing world there is a lack of good teachers for most subject areas. The main reasons for this include:
?       In certain areas (IT and biotechnology for example) graduates wish to work in industry rather than teach;
?       In developing countries it is often the case that it is more desirable to live in urban as opposed to rural areas. This therefore leads to a lack of (good) teachers in rural/remote areas, particularly at the primary level;
?       The remuneration paid to teachers is often less than paid in other professions;
If reliable, efficient and uniform education standards are to be achieved in the developing world then alternative pedagogies that rely on technology and automation could be the answer. Technology is available and being used by young people, such as the Internet and other media in order for young people to gain knowledge. The aim of this course is to introduce educational technology to students in order for them to investigate how it could benefit teaching and learning. The main aims are to:
?       Predict our understanding of pedagogy and learning in the future
?       Predict the direction that technology may take in the future.

Original Summary:
This module takes the student on a journey of discovery where they learn the predictions and thinking of some of the worlds leading authorities on the future of education, science, learning and life.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is based on essays by the world’s leading scientists on their predictions for the future. From cosmology to genetics, from psychology to education, from happiness to sadness, we look at the next 50 years for all of us.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and seminars provide a theoretical and contextual framework for the whole module. The students then are motivated to go and devise different pedagogy through project and lab work using available technology.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Aural Examination11A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project reports and the ability of the students to present their findings will allow the ability of the student to be assessed, both in terms of being able to present their ideas and findings in a well defined process as well as to be able to present their ideas on paper. This will assist their presentation skills which will be valuable in the International technology markets. It will make students think more clearly and demonstrate their understanding of the use of educational technology.

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