The Future of Real Estate Education
| November 15, 2012
You may have seen a recent article in REM Online called “The cloudy future of real estate education.” While the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) doesn’t necessarily agree that the future is cloudy – it does agree with a lot of the points made in the article.
The future of real estate education is dependent on adaptation. When RECA began developing licensing and re-licensing courses in 2007, it recognized the changes occurring within the industry and within adult and workplace learning.
As Ozzie Logozzo says in the REM article says: “As we continue to define what skills and services are required by our graduates to be successful in the field, we must apply the learning of those competencies in the classrooms – mortar and virtual – quickly with tools and practices of engagement that students will appreciate and awe.
Real estate education must be mobile, social and technological. Students will then encounter an environment for learning that is fundamentally motivating. Learning will be participatory and fun, so much so that younger folks will be attracted to our profession.”
RECA couldn’t agree more.
Its successful development of further courses has been made possible because of its willingness to adapt – and because of its commitment to a set of Core Education Values that closely mirror the points made in REM.
Today’s learners demand that the Internet be part of their educational landscape because of its ability to create flexible and accessible learning opportunities in a fast-paced and global world. It also enables learners to self-regulate and self-pace their studies, which gives them both the control of and responsibility for their learning.
John Dewey, a well-known progressive educator, stated that, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”. RECA adopted this philosophy of education in the development of its Core Values. Click here to learn more about RECA’s education core value.
What does the future of real estate education look like to you?