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7 steps to help you thrive while building the future of education

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to reshape every facet of our lives.


There will be no dispensation for education. 


The emergence of AI challenges the traditional pillars upon which education has stood for centuries, casting shadows of doubt over established methods and goals. Yet, within this upheaval lies an unprecedented opportunity for transformation. As educators, we are called not just to navigate this new terrain but to lead the charge in crafting a future where education transcends its historical constraints and becomes more personalised, inclusive and empowering.A path won’t be revealed to us, we must build the path.


The Challenge of Change


The advent of AI in education introduces complexities that question how we’ve done education for a long time. 


The routine practice of assessing students based on their ability to recall and reproduce information is increasingly obsolete in a world where AI can be utilised to generate information with astonishing efficiency. This shift necessitates a reevaluation of our methods, urging us to foster critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability in our students.


The era of impersonal education is waning. 


AI's capability to tailor content to the individual learner's life, interests and pace heralds a future of personalised education. This shift promises to make learning more relevant, engaging, and effective, but it also requires educators to adopt new roles.


In this new educational landscape, the educator's role evolves from being the fount of knowledge to a coach, guiding students in their pursuit of knowledge. 


The challenge here is profound: How do we leverage AI to enhance education while maintaining the human essence of teaching - empathy, intuition and the ability to inspire?


The 7 Step Pathway to Thriving


Education stands in a liminal space.What we know is losing meaning, while what we move to is yet to be created.


In psychology, liminal spaces are a difficult place to inhabit. They bring about:• anxiety

• identity distress

• depression


But there is a way to thrive in a liminal space. As educators we can draw out 7 valuable steps from the psychology of liminal spaces to help us create the future.



1. Persevere in Uncertainty


Embrace the unknown. Recognise the challenges AI brings to traditional education as opportunities for growth and innovation.


2. Awareness of Thoughts and Feelings


Reflect deeply on how these changes affect you, your students and your colleagues. Understand that the discomfort of transition is a step toward growth.


3. Transform Through Agility and Openness

Be open to redefining your role. Transition from the primary source of knowledge to a guide who enables students to navigate the information AI brings to their fingertips.


4. Harmonise with Others

Build communities of educators who are navigating similar transitions. Share experiences, challenges, and strategies for integrating AI into teaching.


5. Wonder at What is Emerging

Look with optimism at the potential of personalised education. Marvel at the possibility of reaching each student in a way that speaks directly to their individual journey.


6. Adventure (Be Creative and Experiment)

Implement AI-driven platforms to personalise learning experiences. Use these tools to assess and cater to the unique needs and pace of each student, fostering a deeper and more meaningful learning experience.


7. Yield Small Wins

Celebrate every success, no matter how minor, in integrating AI. Recognize these moments as pivotal steps toward a more adaptive, personalised and effective educational model.


Crafting the Future


It is clear that the path forward is not a return to the past but a bold stride into a future where education is more responsive, engaging, and transformative than ever before. 


By embracing AI, not as a challenger but as a partner in education, we can craft learning experiences that not only impart knowledge but also inspire curiosity, creativity, and a lifelong passion for learning.


This journey is ours to undertake. 


It requires courage, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to our students' futures. As educators, we have the power to shape not just the future of education but the future of society. Let us rise to this challenge, armed with the knowledge that in the liminal space between what was and what will be, lies the potential for extraordinary growth and innovation.


Together, we can redefine education for generations to come.


 

Sources:


Nobu. “Liminal Space: Understanding What Was & What’s Next | Nobu Blog,” October 28, 2022. https://www.nobu.ai/blog/liminal-space/.


Abpp, Suzanne Phillips Psy.D. “The Space Between ‘What Was’ and ‘What’s Next’: The Liminal Space.” Psych Central, March 22, 2017. https://psychcentral.com/blog/healing-together/2017/03/the-space-between-what-was-and-whats-next-the-liminal-space.


Amft, Theodora Blanchfield. “The Psychology Behind Liminal Space.” Verywell Mind, May 10, 2023. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-impact-of-liminal-space-on-your-mental-health-5204371.


Guthridge, Liz. “How to Use Liminal Space for Growth and Development.” Connect Consulting Group, n.d. https://connectconsultinggroup.com/how-to-use-liminal-space-for-growth-and-development.


“What Is Liminal Space And How Does It Affect You?,” March 13, 2024. https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/general/understanding-how-liminal-space-is-different-from-other-places.


Orman, Rob. “101. Being In-Between: Surfing the Liminal Space.” Orman Physician Coaching, December 31, 2023. https://roborman.com/stimulus/being-in-between-surfing-the-liminal-space.


 

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