The most important nuance about this heading is that, even as it appears so, it doesn’t always have to be a “vs”. The relationship between these two entities can be considered comparatively and as functions that can be integrated to work as one. For any of these considerations to happen however, it would be important to identify the clear distinctions between the old education and the new; then we can consider how best to weaponize the tools in each of them to achieve massive success. That is what this piece seeks to achieve.
Amongst many definitions, Education may be said to be the combination of continuous processes of learning and teaching of individuals within a certain field or a set of fields. The idea thus is that education does not really change, as regard “new” or “old”. There is however, just an evolution of the mechanisms with which we attain the goals of education. And this is clearly explained with the evolution of the global industry.
Every sector of several countries are usually heavily reliant on the channels of distribution and many other mechanisms available as at that time. Education for example, moved from dependency on an individual teaching mechanism, to a classroom setting, to even a combination of both presently. It has also moved from the use of coal to communicate to students, to use chalkboard and then to the use of white board marker. Then came the age of technology, education became more inclusive of computer and all its peripherals. Textbooks and Class notes advanced from the primitive hard physical copies to soft virtual copies. Presentation of classes and lectures moved from the use of even white boards to the use of projectors.
The cause of the massive shift in the way education is perceived and manifested today, is the COVID 19 pandemic. With a pressing need to reduce the chances of physical contact to the barest minimum, there were still urgent search for ways that the activities of individuals in the society can continue with their daily affairs. And that birthed the radical localization of activities, where individuals had to do everything from home using the internet and personal computers.
Classes were moved online, jobs were from home, even commerce had to be through online stores. This meant a lot for education as a sector. A large number of students around the world were disenfranchised by this massive shift. Various individuals who had the chance to join in, had to struggle to fit in. Put succinctly, the shift faced a lot of setbacks as regards the reaching capacity. It is however, the new world order.
- Experiences can be gathered more easily through the tons of online internship and fellowship programs.
- Networking is heavily alive, as you can find out about and reach out to almost any individual from any part of the world.
- Learning isn’t just your class. It is now your ability to discover the things you need and using all the skills available on the internet and your local environment to achieve them.
- Your academic certificate will not take you all the places you want. It is the experience and level of wide technical knowhow that would.
- Organizations need to know that you are an all-round candidate. Your courses in professional and personal development fields are very important.
What has been proven to be the most effective way of achieving success however is weaponizing the characteristics of both times, the old and the new. This is commonly seen even in status quo, where schools combine both physical and virtual classes. Working in hybrid allows one benefit the advantages of both worlds and can only increases the chances of productivity.
Against all odds, the most important thing is to identify what works best for you and focus heavily on it. It is important too to not lose track of time and evolution, and also try as often as possible to evaluate different methods that maybe more beneficial to your success.