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Foresight Episode 3
SIM’s Foresight is a five-part series that uncovers cutting-edge insights on education’s emerging trends and challenges and seeks to address the critical questions of today to stay ahead of the curve in a fast-changing landscape and meet the demands of tomorrow.
In episode three, the panellists discussed on the topic of: Smart Education-Continuing living and learning in a Smart City. Here are key points that they raised during the discussion.
The Driving Force Behind Change
“We need to think of a Smart Nation in terms of sustainability –Smart doing and the ethical reasons behind it. If you want to innovate, it is not just whether it is financially viable or even technologically feasible. It is also whether it is socially desirable. And that is what education is about,” explains Dr Timothy Chan, Director of the Academic and Student Life Divisions, Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE).
Innovation In Education
“A lot of innovation is powered and driven by technology, especially in the education sector. Online education, e-books and massive online learning portals help to create accessibility for a wide range of learners. Within education institutions, many things like the pedagogy and methods of teaching are also facilitated by technology.”
Timothy Chan, Director, Academic and Student Life Division, SIM Global Education
It’s A Lifelong Learning Experience
“Technology in education should not stop at university level as it is a lifelong learning experience,” “Practical skillsets are becoming more important now than just formal education. We need to focus on using technology to enhance skillsets, and also to have a blended learning approach. Especially in our industry where what we sell is an experience, those individuals who possess the EQ and critical thinking skills are the ones who thrive in our workforce.”
“Practical skillsets are becoming more important now than just formal education. We need to focus on using technology to enhance skillsets, and also to have a blended learning approach. Especially in our industry where what we sell is an experience, those individuals who possess the EQ and critical thinking skills are the ones who thrive in our workforce.
Siradej Donavanik, Director of Investment, Dusit International
Changing The Way We Work
“Technology has enabled us to interact with our colleagues around the world, making discussions global and collaborative. It has the ability to help us reskill and think globally, and even now, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and wearables are already improving the way we learn and do our jobs on a daily basis. At the same time, it is agreed that humans cannot entirely be replaced in an apocalyptic Terminator-like fashion.
“The man and machine combination is still evolving –maybe the percentage will change rapidly. But underpinning the technical skills needed for specific professions is the range of uniquely human skills that needs to be developed. Creativity, leadership and analytical thinking—these are the things that will be important.”
“If you look at the current workforce today, we already have four generations in the same workplace, from the baby boomers all the way to Gen Z –those born in 1995 and after. These people bring to work different expectations and different skillsets.In order to attract the new generation of talent, we do need to reconfigure jobs to allow for more experimentation and collaboration.”
Ng Wee Wei, Managing Director Health and Public Service Client Service Group (ASEAN), Accenture
“Technology is important but it doesn’t teach us how to think and how to learn. Especially in this age where the jobs that exist today may not exist five years or even five months down the road because of technology. Our role – whether it is in the workforce, or as educators or as the government, is to deliver the ability to learn and re-learn quickly. In the future, we will need people who can deal with ambiguity and uncertainty, because things are changing at an accelerated pace.”
Technology and Thoughtful Design
“The two cannot be separated, critical thinking cannot be separated, and it must always be thought of or used in context.”
Agnes Kwek, Executive Director DesignSingapore Council
Posted online, 03 October 2017