Life has been crazy for most of us. I think thats a fair thing to say.
The past few weeks have been “extra” challenging for me as I begin to wrap up another chapter of my life and plan for the future. I’ve spent the better part of the last decade as an educator in game design and development. While also working and producing for my game studio (Liftlock Studios).
Oh the stories I have. *odd but funny smirk*
My love of games and being a creative hasn’t faded, my enjoyment of teaching and imparting wisdom (lets use that word lightly) has also remained a constant. I don’t think I will ever tire of good discussions and intelligent people, or people interested in learning and doing things. But times change and the global pandemic that is covid-19 has started to reshape parts of the world. Adaptation (they say) is one of the qualities that leads to success.
In my personal opinion (and let’s be real, everything on this site is just my personal opinion). Education, the typical, classroom led, lecture hall, etc… type, is finally coming to an end. The youth of today have told and shown us for decades that these systems are antiquated and need to be refactored. The institution didn’t or wouldn’t listen. The backbone of repeat and memorize, get good grades, get a diploma, get a “job” only works for some; and not the majority.
Luckily, (yes, really) Covid has forced adaptation. It may be a little scary, it may include some discomfort and you may want to resist it. But as a planet we are adapting in huge strides at an unprecedented rate. This coming Fall season will be full of forced adaptation for education and students and parents and the Institution of Education. We don’t know how it will unfold yet, but it will not be “status quo”.
What we do know for sure, is that students aren’t interested in paying expensive tuition fees as programs and courses move to an online model. Students are demanding cuts to tuition costs and/or deferring their education until “normal” classes resume. After all, why should they pay full tuition for having information spoon fed to them in an era of YouTube and information finding devices in their pockets.
We also know that the public system (In Canada at least) has been so focused on “International” students for the past five years or so, that they are now in serious trouble. I predict that unless there is a “cure” for the pandemic, this is going to be a very lean year for Education. There will be a lot of displacement as the institutions are forced to restructure.
Where is this going?
So where is all this going Robert? Well I don’t have a crystal ball and I don’t play a mind reader in real life or on the Internetz. But what I do know from my past 20+ years being an educator is that there are better ways to educate and engage. Ones that don’t cost a small fortune or take decades to pay for.
I’m working on one. Its niche but I have a pretty strong belief that some of what I build (for myself and other creatives) over the coming months will be useful should the Institution of Education decide it wants to grow up.
I will need some help. And testers, and feedback. And some more help. But I think it will be worth it. I think it will make the world a better place. Thats really the point of this post. To remind myself and others that we need to get back to basics. We need to make the world a better place by putting care and time and energy into making the world a better place. To do the things that we need to do, to the best of our abilities, for the simple reason that they need to be done. And therefore should be done well.
Go do something great! And reach out to me if you want to help build something epic for Education.