CROSSING THE RUBICON: EDUCATION TRENDS IN A HYPERCONNECTED WORLD by Jasmin Cowin, and Dana Saulembekova

The way that we educate and are educated is changing at a rapid pace. New technologies and ways of interpreting the world are reshaping educational philosophies and altering the pedagogies that underlie them while transforming the modes of delivery that are part of the operations of educational institutions worldwide. This paper discusses the need to rethink education on the cusp of the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

It is a great pleasure to see the conference papers of the XXVI Conference of National Association of Teachers of English in Russia published. Everyone who has ever been involved in a conference team knows how much work and dedication it takes to publish such a substantial, pertinent, and inclusive conference book.

Thank you to Lilia Bondareva, Head of Department, Department of Modern Languages and Communication – National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Natalya Sukhova, the editors and my wonderful co-author Dana!

CROSSING THE RUBICON: EDUCATION TRENDS IN A HYPERCONNECTED WORLD

Abstract:

The way that we educate and are educated is changing at a rapid pace. New technologies and ways of interpreting the world are reshaping educational philosophies and altering the pedagogies that underlie them while transforming the modes of delivery that are part of the operations of
educational institutions worldwide. This paper discusses the need to
rethink education on the cusp of the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and
at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The need for educational institutions, corporations, teachers, and
learners to adapt is great. However, what frameworks are necessary for
education in the digital age? What trends and possibilities are on the
horizon to educate and train the coming generations of educators that
would allow them to remain relevant in the 21st century and beyond? This
article explores global trends in a hyperconnected world such as artificial
intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, automation and
nanomaterials and presents an analysis of ongoing educational
transformations in Russia, China, and the United States. Finally, the article
discusses five emerging trends in 21st-century education, including App
Innovation and Gamification; Digital Literacy; Virtual, Augmented
Reality, and Mixed and Extended Reality; Self-Directed Professional
Development (SDPD), and Collaborative Learning.
Keywords: artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT),
robotics, automation, educational transformation, frameworks, and
emerging trends for a 21st-century education, hyperconnected world.

Cowin, J.; Saulembekova, D. S. (2021). CROSSING THE RUBICON: EDUCATION TRENDS IN A HYPERCONNECTED WORLD. XXVI Conference of National Association of Teachers of English in Russia. ‘Digital change in the ELT community.’ (pp. 66–78). Moscow, Russia.

Author: drcowinj

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today,” determined Malcolm X at the O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom. (June 28, 1964). (X, n.d.) Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin a Fulbright Scholar completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Cowin served as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and Assistant Governor for New York State; long-term Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast meetings; and works as an Assistant Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Cowin has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur, and institutional leader with a focus on equity and access to digital literacy and education in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology innovation provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally. Dr. Cowin participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair-Elect for the New York State, NYS TESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning; Micro and Macro-Methodologies in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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