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With so much learning now happening online the question still comes up – what about the human teacher, will their jobs disappear too? Well the good news is (in some cases), yes the teachers jobs will be lessened, if the teacher simply isn’t good enough, however there are still a number of skills a human being has that a computer will never be able to take over, and that is the whole notion of ‘believing’ in the student, that the student can do it. Encouragement and support are still the most important skills a great teacher can possess.
In this video ‘Predicting future Teaching’ https://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/11/predicting-future-teaching/, the film maker takes a step into the ideas of what great teaching is all about and how there are just some things that a computer wont be able to do.
One of the most profound qualities of a great teacher is that feeling a student has as soon as they start their class on a daily basis that there is going to be something to be learned here today, and the teacher believes he/she will be able to assimilate it, practice it and apply it whenever, and wherever necessary. Such trust in the teacher, and vice versa, belief in the student can only come from that human connection.
Computers will be very powerful in how they transform our learning skills, but there are still going to be some key qualities that make a real live human teacher indispensable.
For any teacher training colleges of the future, the training courses need to focus not primarily on the content of the course, but the quality of the passion the teacher has for their subject area and the confidence and enthusiasm they can instill in the student. These key features are going to be the most precious teaching skill to nurture.
These qualities will be highly valued and at last teachers may be able to be paid what they are truly worth, if only for these key human qualities. How we can measure them, is a whole other topic!