Changing the education paradigm with AI

“Artificial intelligence systems are being developed to act as teachers’ aides, leaving teachers more time to give individual students personalised attention”

The world’s current education paradigm relies on an outdated and inefficient model with one teacher helping an entire classroom of students master the same material at roughly the same pace in a predetermined amount of time. The model also assumes that student motivation is relatively constant, and roughly the same for each student, explains YJ Jang, CEO and founder of Riiid.

Even exceptionally talented teachers can overcome only some of these issues, but exceptionally talented teachers are, by definition, rare.

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Between local, national, and global identities: The question of global citizenship in education

“With such a heated clash between nationalist and global identities, many young people may feel forced to pick a side. As an educator, I feel it is part of my job to help them not to make such a false binary choice”

Debate about the nature of globalisation and its impact is never far from the news these days. Populists have drawn on the frustrations of those who have seen globalisation halt progress in their communities, and antipathy has been directed to those that are seen to have benefited most from it, writes Katerina Vackova, UFP Chief Examiner for Humanities, CATS Global Schools.

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Back to the classroom post lockdowns

“One could be forgiven for thinking that a wellbeing need is really just the same as a mental health need”

As children go back to school, and we try to unravel the diverse impacts of the pandemic, the focus has quietly shifted from the long-term – recovering lost learning – to the immediate: student wellbeing, writes Barry Mansfield is Director of the Halcyon London International School.

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The art of data science

“Digital experiences can now offer a level of personalisation that has not been possible before. That is what we need for our students exploring courses”

With the launch of IDP Live planned for the second half of 2021, IDP Chief Data Officer Stuart Nickols explains about how he and his team have used data science to build and improve the app for our students.

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Higher education website design to attract international students

With the widespread adaptation of online platforms in the wake of the pandemic, standing out above the crowd of web design and platforms is essential, writes Digital Marketing Specialist Kristen Klepac.

The game is even more charged when it comes to higher education, the audience is younger and increasingly more in tune with the abilities that exist in digital spaces.

So, the necessity to remain agile and on the front edge of trends is imperative.

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Flipping the script: Facilitating Gen Z student success and post-pandemic recovery in international education

“In short, Gen Z perceives overseas study as more than getting an outstanding degree”

The Covid-19 catastrophe has led every sector in every corner of the globe to rethink its modus operandi. In the context of international education, that means considering more carefully the changing expectations and motivations of the rising generation of international students, using them as guiding principles around which to imagine new modes of recruitment and teaching, writes Vice President, Market Research and Insight at INTO University Partnerships, Parves Khan.

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How to encourage a more optimistic outlook for career progression

“Students tell us that they are nervous about what will happen after they graduate”

For university students and young people generally, the usual worries and concerns about the future have skyrocketed, and inevitably many students are anxious for what the future holds in terms of career opportunities and progression. Isabelle Bristow, Managing Director of Studiosity, Europe, explains what can be done.

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The changing role of the education agent

“We will be increasing, not decreasing, our webinar and online training for agents post pandemic”

 Prior to Covid-19 Agents prided themselves on the face to face relationships they built with both families and boarding schools but the pandemic has forced a rethink and required both agents and schools to pivot significant marketing and recruitment activity online. Pat Moores of UK Education Guide explains.

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Challenges ahead for displaced Afghan students

“As a volunteer mentor for students affected by the Syrian civil war, I’ve seen first-hand how displacement disrupts tertiary education”

One of the many developing tragedies of the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan is the loss of access to tertiary education for students displaced by the conflict, writes Boston area higher ed administrator and volunteer mentor for conflict-affected students, Abby Kawola.

Mass displacement of Afghan students – not to mention a potential return to education restrictions for women seen during Taliban rule of the 1990s – threaten to derail the dreams of the nearly 400,000 Afghans enrolled in tertiary education institutions across the country as of 2018. Like the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Venezuela, the current situation in Afghanistan highlights the need for the development of proactive rather than reactive support systems for tertiary education students impacted by displacement.

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Why social media needs to be part of risk strategy

“Whether we agree or disagree philosophically is unimportant. The idea of a social network powered by the internet is here to stay.”

Social media has become a critical tool for the modern age. Everyone from retirees to teenagers are a part of a larger network where sharing life updates and communicating is easier than ever.

The usefulness of social media has been utilised for years by global education programs in recruiting practices but is it possible to use the powers of social media to help us with our risk management? Bradley Adams, a managing director at Aerogami, explains.

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