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The learning revolution has begun

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What is learning? It seems like a simple question and yet, can be answered from so many different perspectives. No longer than a century ago, learning and teaching methods were not so different than ancient times; those who knew a technique or a skill passed it along in long word by word and person to person process. The teacher-student method was the basis of teaching in the past. Although the invention of paper had a great impact on recording and transferring the concepts of human knowledge, but the majority didn’t have access to books nor could read or write. A glimpse into history can show us that the elite or the prodigies could access sources other than the teacher’s lessons and most of their stories happened in the royal libraries; a privilege that was not available for everybody. The invention of Printing changed this pattern. Now books were powerful knowledge transferring tools and could change the traditional method of teacher-student, but even then, libraries and the new sciences were not accessible everywhere to everyone.

The next big game changers were mass Medias and electronic Medias which although mainly served the entertainment field, could help improving the publication of human knowledge. Then came the information era and this one was literally changed everything. But the influence of modern technologies of information era on teaching and learning goes beyond normal changes and technology is not the only thing that shapes the future of teaching. One of the pillars of teaching and learning in the future will be cognitive sciences and the study of human brain which made new concepts and methods on learning appear. But the true evolution will come with the advent of artificial intelligence. Our knowledge of brain and cognitive sciences helped us understand the unique patterns by which every single individual learn, but identifying these pattern is not an easy task. Here comes the artificial intelligence to helps us better understand these patterns and design personal customized teaching methods based on them. All of these can be considered as the signs of a revolution in teaching and learning; a revolution which has not a specific starting point and is under progression in this very moment.

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