REFLECTION ON 21ST CENTURY COMPETENCES, SMART LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, AND DIGITALIZATION IN EDUCATION
We are facing unprecedented social, economic, and environmental challenges due to accelerating globalization and the rapid pace of technological development. Nonetheless, these forces offer us countless new opportunities for human progress. The future is uncertain, and we cannot predict it, but we must be open and ready for it. After Covid-19, the “new normal” will be characterized by change, reorientation, and sustainability. Both studying and working have quickly changed in form, requiring digitalization and digital competence in both individuals and organizations. It has become evident that the digital revolution concerns people and their habits, behaviors, and attitudes in using the new technology. Moreover, there is a need for innovative pedagogy, and a move to curricula 4.0, which are aligned with the 4th Industrial revolution, which change the way we live, work, communicate, perform, relate, and also the way we learn, and new perspectives on quality and its effects. Online innovative education will be a strategic priority at every institution. This conceptual article is based on the current discourse on the reflection and rethinking of 21st century competences, smart learning environments, and digitalization in education. The author has provided examples of the ongoing debate. The article’s focus on the future of education is based on her own research and perspectives. The discussion is centered on the OECD report on the future of education and skills, Education 2030, and the UNESCO initiatives in the OER Recommendation and the Futures of Education - Learning to Become.
Keywords: Covid-19, ecosystem, futures of education, OER Recommendation, new normal
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