On education in Europe and the USA

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Universities Student life United Kingdom Kirill Delikatnyi

Bridging the Gap: Rethinking Education in the Digital Age

The educational model adopted by many institutions seems to be more focused on revisiting historical approaches rather than equipping students for future challenges. Our analysis delves into the issues this presents in readying students for real-world scenarios, pinpointing these challenges and suggesting reforms through the lens of a typical BSc Psychology program in the UK.
The Psychology Perspective:

Understanding Human Behavior in a Digital Age.

Psychology delves into the intricacies of human behaviour and the underlying motivations. It is grounded in the meticulous observation of living entities, predominantly humans and occasionally animals. Traditional Psychology programs impart knowledge to undergraduates through established research that has propelled our understanding of human behaviour. This method is beneficial as it includes lgbtq articles for students, broadening their perspectives:

a. equips students with cutting-edge knowledge in the discipline.

b. teaches students how to conduct research, present and review it.

The Digital Revolution and Psychology:

Exploring Uncharted Territories in Human-AI Relationships.

Psychology explores human behaviour by manipulating the environment and social situations around experimental subjects. Nevertheless, with the imminent radical shifts in our environment, there is a growing concern that psychology may not be adequately addressing the ramifications of these changes. The current pedagogical and evaluative methods in psychology, which may be overlooked by higher education institutions, appear to be insufficient for the impending societal transformations.

Academic Shortcomings:

The Gap Between Technological Advancements and Educational Practices.

The dawn of the digital revolution is unequivocal. The swift progress in fields like AI, virtual realms, quantum computing, robotics, and medicine promises to furnish individuals with sophisticated tools that simplify life and are likely to reshape societal norms with astonishing speed.

A Call for Educational Reform:

Adapting to a Rapidly Evolving World.

Presently, studies in Psychology may explore romantic dynamics within LGBTQ+ partnerships. Yet, there seems to be a gap in research concerning the romantic entanglements between humans and Artificial Intelligence, which could further our understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of emerging technologies.

A famous Psychology thought experiment about a girl who was born and lived her whole life in a white room, only learning about the colour spectrum, questions whether the girl will “experience” anything new when she finally sees colour. I have not heard of any research on whether human generated content evokes different emotions in humans contrasted with AI-generated content. Psychology explores the effects of neural interfaces that can control limbs in patients with Parkinson’s, for example, but I have not heard of any research on implications of using neural interfaces such as Neuralink to control devices around us such as our mobile phones. This is why Neuralink is a pioneering company in the field, and stirs so much nervousness among the general community - nobody has explored this theme before Elon Musk.

The Role of Higher Education:

Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges.

The apparent neglect by the higher education sector to acknowledge societal transformation and its pivotal role in facilitating human adaptation to novel norms not only lags behind technological advances but also fails to chart a course for addressing diversity and inclusion or diversity issues in the academia of tomorrow.

A Personal Insight:

The Reality of Current Educational Approaches,

I will share an anecdote about a friend who chose to study abroad, pursuing a BSc Psychology at a prestigious UK higher education institution. Their curriculum, catering to international students, strictly adheres to the traditional format, where the use of assistive technologies such as GPT-4 and even Grammarly is expressly forbidden, reflecting a cautious approach to international education standards.

The Problem:

Academic Institutions Lagging Behind Technological Progress.

It appears to me that while delving into past research to inform the cutting-edge knowledge of psychology within a BSc Psychology program is advantageous, the methodology of conducting this research is starting to feel archaic.

The Future of Psychology and Technology Integration:

Imagining a World Where Education Meets Innovation.

Assessing the allure of contemporary AR technologies, like the Apple Vision Pros, and projecting their evolution, it's clear that as these technologies mature, people will likely divide their time equally between the 'Meta-verse' and the real world.


The Urgent Need for a Forward-Thinking Educational Model.

Regrettably, the education sector often dwells on retrospection rather than anticipating the future, a stance that may pose a significant societal challenge. The real danger of being outpaced by emerging technologies, such as AI, stems from our failure to comprehend and engage with them, a situation exacerbated by educational policies that are not aligned with evolving legal issues, local laws, and cultural attitudes.

However, certain world-renowned institutions and upcoming educational businesses are realising the problem, and are adapting or rethinking the education sector entirely. This shines a beam of hope, but we are yet to rethink policy underpinning the UK education sectors so that the majority of students are not left behind.