Education to become more digital and DIY: Pearson study

Education to become more digital and DIY: Pearson study

Education is becoming more digital and more do-it-yourself, a study by Pearson has found.

Findings from the Pearson Global Learner Survey indicate that education globally has shifted such that many learners are taking control of their learning through a digital and “do-it-yourself” (DIY) mindset by complementing their formal education with a mix of self-teaching, short courses and online learning.

The study, which was conducted by Pearson with Harris Insights & Analytic, was designed to give learners in 19 countries the opportunity to voice their opinions on primary, secondary and higher education; careers and the future of work; and technology.

More than 11,000 people aged from 16 to 70 were polled.

John Falcon, chief executive of Pearson, said: “Gig jobs, unconventional careers, tech disruption and lifelong learning have ushered in the talent economy. Now more than ever, learners understand the need for lifelong education.

“People are meeting the demands of this new world of work by takin control of their own learning. Now, technology and innovation are giving educators, governments and companies the greatest opportunity in human history to rise to the occasion and improve lives through education.”

Digital and DIY mindset reshaping education

Globally, 81% of people say that learning will become more self-service as people get old. Americans, Australians and South Africans agree most strongly.

When retraining for work, 42% of learners in the US and 50% of learners in China and India self-taught using internet resources. About 80% of learners in China, the US, Australia and Europe cited professional short courses or online tools as their preferred method of upskilling.

Digital and virtual learning the new normal

80% of Americans expect that smart devices and apps will increase in their use in education, with people in China and Brazil even more enthusiastic about their use.

Globally, 76% of people believe that college students will be taking online courses within 10 years and 67% believe this will be the same for primary and secondary students. 70% of Americans believe that print textbooks will be obsolete in five years.

Nearly 70% of people in the US, UK and Europe and 90% of people in China believe that AI will have a positive impact on education.

Gen Z: you can be successful without a traditional college education

While data suggests that lifetime earnings are higher with a college degree, half of Gen Z learners in the US, UK and Australia think you can do “ok” in life with out it.

Globally, 68% of learners believe you can do just as well with an education from a vocational or trade school.

Pic: Pearson Global Learner Survey

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