Yu Shengquan from Beijing Normal University believed that the common form of future teaching and learning is not the traditional classroom lecturing model, but a project-based learning model with the aid of online resources and offline teacher support.
Students learn through collaborative and genuine problem solving projects with their creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills cultivated in the process.
Thus, teachers need to be excellent designers of learning environments, activities and projects and facilitators of learning communities which can inspire and sustain students' passion for learning and problem solving for the benefit of mankind.
Currently, there's also much discussion on the dissection and reallocation of teaching tasks to AI and human teachers to form a human-machine hybrid model in order to promote teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes.
While AI takes over the low skill, repetitive, knowledge transmission aspects of teaching, human teachers are to be liberated for more high skill, creative, and social-emotional aspects of teaching.
For example, the tedious routine of assignment grading and feedback, and repetitive lecturing will be replaced by AI. And teachers should better play the role of facilitator, mentor and counselor, online content curator, activity organizer, and project designer, among others, instead of mere transmitter of knowledge.
So, teachers should improve their social-emotional capacity, sensitivity to students' needs, data analytic skills and intelligent use of data and information, and creativity in teaching.
But we should not mistake this vision of hybrid teaching as a claim that AI will take up the cognitive aspect of learning and human teachers can focus on the affective aspect of learning.
This kind of separation and dualism would be a misinterpretation of the teaching and learning process. Only teachers passionate about and knowledgeable about what they teach can teach well.
Therefore, knowledge is always at the center of both teachers' and students' attention and all the learning activities are to lead students to the consummation of truly mastered knowledge which is always accompanied by proper feelings.
The AI age is only dawning and its full potential to transform how we live, work and learn is still to be manifested. There are some concerns that strong AI will dominate human society and many would become the useless class with jobs taken over by AI.