Sidney Taurel of Spanish and American nationality and French culture is the chairman of the British Pearson Group, a world leader in education through educational books and online education.
Do you think that the health crisis and imprisonment will permanently change the world of education?
Yes. The pandemic has changed the way we work, live and learn, and force us to look for new and more effective methods. Learning is the key to this development and all the opportunities it brings. Witness the speed and extent to which this learning has moved online and the accelerating demand for new digital forms of learning.
In this knowledge market we now live in, the world of work is changing faster than most workers. This phenomenon creates a huge need for retraining and modernization. It is estimated that 30% of current jobs in all sectors will become obsolete by 2030 and the vast majority of the rest will be transformed by automation. Governments, employers and the wider education community need to work together to address these pressing productivity and skills challenges. This is a huge strike.
What is the size and growth potential of the global e-learning market?
The digital education market is still in its infancy; it is estimated to represent only 3% of the global education market at around € 6 trillion. As a global leader, Pearson is well placed to take advantage of the huge opportunities that arise as learning becomes increasingly digital. Today, almost three quarters of its turnover (€ 4 billion in 2020) is directly or indirectly online. The move to online education took place before the pandemic and significantly accelerated the demand for quality products and services at a distance and on a large scale. We believe that this strong trend will continue in the future.
What lessons should e-learning learn from the previous limitations?
We are witnessing a commitment to quality. It is increasingly recognized that the provision of extensive online educational materials and services requires the experience, investment and application of pedagogical science. Successful virtual learning allows the student to use the material at a time that suits him, in a flexible combination of synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous experiences, independent work and interactions with the teacher.
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