A few days ago I had a very interesting chat with the General Manager of Knewton South East Asia. They offer solutions for a real customised and adaptive learning process. I had an “Eureka!” moment during the chat. That’s the future of learning!

I have had quite a few discussions about the educative systems in different countries. We have heard that in East Asia developed countries, education systems are very successful. Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan are always at the top of the rankings. Let’s assume that successful mean the students get very good scores in the international assessments (let’s say PISA test, for sake of discussing only one point).

My question is: why are they so successful? One obvious reason is the amount of time the students dedicate to study and to specifically prepare exams that are basically the same type as PISA test. The kids dedicate a huge amount of hours to study, with hardly free time. Is that the best way to learn?

My point is that, as educators, we should find the shortest path of learning. Teachers must find the easiest and fastest learning paths for the students. The problem for the teacher arises when the number of students is too high. That means normally more that 5. Customised learning face-to-face learning can only be provided for a very small groups.

How can we solve that? Technology can really help. Machines can gather tons of data from students. Machines can also store, organise and deliver huge amounts of content to deliver. And machines can also create customised recommendations to every student and adapt the learning path to make it shorter, easier and funnier.

Student motivation doesn’t last forever and the more enjoyable we make the way, the more chances we have that the student will reach the end. And not only the end of the learning path, also keep the passion for learning during all life.