Speaking at a recent meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Google's Education Evangelist Jaime Casap said, "We have education set up as an individual sport, but the digitalised world requires collaboration – it's a team-based sport."
Focussing on teamwork and collaboration-based learning will better prepare the students of today with the skills for the future of work tomorrow, Nord Anglia Education’s education team programme manager Stacey Carmichael said.
“Education ought to be reshaped to be less of a lonely road for students. When you think about schooling today, almost every student goes through years of rigorous education focussed on their own individual results,” she said.
“Yet we know with the ever-changing future of work and introduction of automation they will go on to work in careers where collaboration is king and projects are increasingly team-based.”
Ms Carmichael said the challenge for schools is how to “walk the talk”.
Ms Charmichael said her role in NAE’s dedicated education team allows her to do just that. She manages the development of programmes on Global Campus, the organisation’s online platform where all 53,000 of their students connect, learn and interact with each other through collaborative projects.
“Thousands of Nord Anglia Education students engage with each other online each year,” Ms Carmichael said.
“We [NAE] believe we learn better when we learn together. We make it an active part of everyday learning in school.”
By connecting online across the globe, NAE students can engage in unique ways across their curriculum. Every Global Campus activity is designed to extend and enrich the existing education offer in our schools. They are also made to be relevant, engaging and fun.
“Our students love a good challenge, so there are abundant opportunities for children of all ages to take part in friendly competitions on Global Campus. They use it to follow up on collaborative activities and NAE events such as regional festivals, sports events or global expeditions happening offline,” Ms Carmichael said.