4 videos on where education is going, and how this applies to e-learning

E-learning, with its learning platforms, virtual classrooms and learning technologies, is often thought of as the future of learning for training providers and organisational learning. Since our team is so involved with learning in the corporate world, we are very interested in trends in education and the future of learning. So, we’ve gathered four of our favourite videos about where education, as we know it, is going.

  1. Build a school in the cloud, Sugata Mitra
  2. Teaching methods for inspiring students of the future, Joe Ruhl
  3. How is technology transforming education? Ken Robinson
  4. How to change education - from the ground up, Ken Robinson

Build a school in the cloud, Sugata Mitra

In this TED Talk, Sugata Mitra delves into the rather intriguing world of Self Organised Learning Environments with young children. Self Organised Learning Environments happen when educators pose big questions to students who work in groups to discover the answers and new ways of thinking via the internet, software and encouragement to explore further.

In this 22 minute video Sugata shares how unschooled, non English speaking children in Indian villages independently learned how to use a computer and even began to understand material as advanced and complicated as the biotechnology of DNA replication.

Watch the video and ask yourself, ‘How can Self Organised Learning Environments be applied to the corporate world of e-learning?’ Imagine trainers posing big organisational questions to staff teams who do not have the limitations of language barriers, lack of schooling or inability to use a computer. Imagine asking big organisational questions to teams who do have inside knowledge about, and experience in an organisation. What could the outcomes possibly be?

Teaching methods for inspiring students of the future, Joe Ruhl

In this 17 minute TED talk, Joe Ruhl shares the 6 C’s needed to inspire students:

  1. Choice
  2. Collaboration
  3. Communication
  4. Critical thinking
  5. Creativity
  6. Caring

Joe demonstrates these through his Biology classes for 14 to 18 year olds. His classrooms certainly look like a lot of fun, with powerful blended learning techniques and inspiring learning environments. Watch this video and be inspired to integrate Joe’s teaching methods into e-learning course development.

How is technology transforming education? Ken Robinson

This 2 minute video argues that we need to transform education because technology has changed the whole context of education. See what else Ken Robinson has to say when asked about the role of technology in education.

How to change education - from the ground up, Ken Robinson

In this 24 minute video, Ken Robinson revisits why society is invested in systems of mass public education. What is it for? He explores four fundamental purposes to public education.

Ken puts forward that in order to satisfy the needs of modern day people and organisations, how we educate people needs to change significantly.


Ken draws on a report published by IBM that highlighted two key organisational priorities as creativity and adaptability. In order for organisations to survive, they want people who can come up with fresh ideas and who can help navigate a fast changing world.


We need forms of education that help people understand their own cultural identity and the identity of other people.


Education needs to encourage people to take part in social organisation and government and inspire a culture of participation and social engagement.


Education must be personalised because people are different, with different talents, abilities, passions, interests and motivations.

These four purposes of education can and probably should be applied to e-learning in the corporate world. 

In conclusion, as Ken Robinson references, education needs to excite and engage people. It needs to pique imaginations, fuel creativity, drive passions and get people to want to learn. This can be achieved by the flipped classroom, getting learners actively involved in teaching themselves and each other. And this approach, can certainly be applied to e-learning. We hope these videos inspire you as much as they have inspired us!

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