Curriculum must adapt to changing technologies, says education expert
October 08 2018 01:33 AM
Dr Coates: Many graduates in Europe and North America are either underemployed or unemployed.

A flexible curriculum that can adapt to the evolving technologies of the modern times is one of the key factors in the present day education, highlighted an international expert yesterday.
“Fluid curriculum and evolving technologies, creating a culture of transformation, creating and modelling innovation and training the children for mid-career outcomes, are the essential features that are needed for the present day education,” highlighted Dr Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair for Regional Innovation.
He was delivering the keynote address at the World Teachers’ Day event at the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q).
“Career paranoia is a major issue that the graduates are facing all over the world. Many graduates in Europe and North America are either underemployed or unemployed,” Dr Coates said.
“In such a scenario, the students are not able to decide on their area of studies and many unsure of the opportunities after their studies. This is where skills learning becomes all the more important,” he explained.
According to Dr Coates, the role of teachers is more crucial in a world of ever-changing technology to transform the students for a knowledge based and know-how economy.
“The current approaches in education are” mastering current technologies, preparing the students for a post-programme employment, building up suitable curriculum, and gaining accreditation as well as institutional and infrastructure focus,” he said.
The educational expert also pointed out that one of the major challenges for the educators currently is the constant change and transformation in education scenario and coping with these changes. – By Joseph Varghese

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