Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

ISBF & LSE Leadership Urges Educators to Future-proof Students and Enrich Their Teaching Practices


Prof. Paul Kelly, Dean, University of London Programmes at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), urged the assembled educators to future-proof the students in the wake of new-age technologies disrupting the global job markets, today at the fourth ISBF & LSE Annual Teachers’ Symposium held in Mumbai at the MET Rishikul Vidyalaya, a top international school in Mumbai.

The ISBF & LSE Annual Teachers’ Symposium, a collaborative effort between The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and their Featured Teaching Institution, the New Delhi based Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF), was organized around the overarching theme of “Empowering Post-Millennials by Future-proofing Learning & Counselling”.

The symposium deliberated on how automation is changing the face of the labour force and technologies like Artifical Intelligence are bound to play a major role in the creation of new jobs.

The morning session saw a welcome address delivered by Chiraag Mehta, Associate Director, ISBF. Dr. James Abdey delivered the keynote address on empowering students by creating future-proof graduates. Among other things, he said, “Automation is going to be a dominant challenge in the labour force. We have heard stories about Artificial Intelligence destroying jobs. It is estimated that in future, for every 20 jobs destroyed due to AI, approximately 13 will be created, so there will be new jobs created but fewer than those that are being lost. Even though that is just future guessing, there will certainly be disruption and trial.”

Speaking further about creating future-proof graduates, he added, “This leads us - the educators - to a crucial challenge. The hurdle is not to predict what the future is like, but future-proofing our students, so that we don’t have to give them the right kind of content or knowledge of the future, but the skills to continue to be learners and adaptive to the rate of change they are going to face.”

Referring to the Symposiums and their impact on the wider teaching community, Chiraag Mehta, Associate Director, ISBF, observed, “It is very evident from such conversations that high school educators were very keen to be part of these discussions about pedagogy and enriching our teaching practices. After all, we are dealing with students of similar age groups, similar challenges and similar aspirations too. We, as educators, must acknowledge that teaching our students what exists today is only a part of their journey; what is instrumental is to future-proof whatever we are doing, a lot of which lies in the softer aspects of the delivery.”

The keynote address was followed by a comprehensive workshop on ‘Large Group Teaching’, conducted by Aryapriya Ganguly, Associate Professor of Management at ISBF, which was an interactive and immersive session on best teaching practices.

Education directors, counselors, and academic coordinators from leading academic institutions like Utpal Sanghvi Global School, Hiranandani Foundation School International, SM Shetty International, Ecole Mondale World School, among others, participated in the discussion.

The day ended with Prof. Paul Kelly’s ‘Destination LSE’ session, during which he effectively elaborated on the processes and methodology that should be adopted by students aspiring to secure a seat at The London School of Economics.



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