We’ve witnessed a lot of changes in education in the past few years. The growing online availability of higher education has been well received with great excitement.
One wonders what will come next. Welcome to the five predictions of what we think the future of education looks like.
1) Distance Learning
Students, parents, and even some professors still question the possibility for greater demand in online learning opportunities.
Prior to Covid, high schools, universities, and faculty viewed the future of online/virtual classrooms with skepticism. Today the benefits are proven and undeniable-lower costs and flexibility to study at almost any time, from any location.
After 2020, the vast majority of students (around 80%) are taking at least one course online.
While this doesn’t mean that brick-and-mortar education will be suddenly removed, it points out a trend toward “flipped classrooms.”
It’s a matter of time for educational online centers to increase the bar in terms of quality and become more respected by everyone. Online courses have become the “new normal.”
2) Free Education
Could the future be free higher education for all?
It seems like a dream, especially in the US, but right now, many European countries have been providing free college education to citizens.
In the United States, we have the University of the People, which provides degrees to students all over the world. The New York State Excelsior Scholarship Program is another example of a tuition-free college education.
Free community college programs also enter this arena.
But lawmakers and schools would need to replace the traditional business model in a way that can subsidize costs and save students and parent loan debt. It may be too soon to tell the future of tuition-free higher education, but it appears people want to extend the current k-2 options to include higher education options as well.
3) Open Educational Resources
A realistic prediction for the current decade is a wide-open offer in OER content, including traditional text, multimedia, and other digital assets needed to research, learn, teach, and access. These resources already exist, but the interactive and more advanced materials are a privilege only a few students get access to because they’re more expensive to develop and deliver.
This might change soon and become open to all.
4) Change of Prioritized Courses
Among the main criticisms against the educational system, is the continued focus on outdated or uninteresting courses. This has changed vastly in the past decade, but there are still plenty of reforms to do in this respect. Currently, there is a trend in liberal arts and in cross-disciplinary learning.
The “Fast Company” recently published an article about how the economy will highly demand students trained in the areas: of science, engineering, and technology.
We could see the introduction of financial and communications, education, with a higher emphasis on cooperative group work and reflection, adapting to engage both offline and online curriculums.
5) Personalized Teaching and New Curriculums
We predict with the help of advanced technology, near-global internet access, and the adaptation of SaaS tools such as Edular, students will receive a more personalized education.
In the future, teachers will adapt to the capabilities of each student, individually on a more personalized level. Students will be challenged with tasks according to their level of knowledge.
Specific technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Machine Learning (AI) can offer a more engaging educational experience and help professors save time by efficiently replacing their constant presence in the classroom while improving traditional grading, tests, and exams with other achievement-based measuring systems.
There’s no doubt the future of education will look significantly different than it did a decade ago.
Technology, culture, and the economy are rapidly changing, so institutions must adapt and meet new needs
Is your school doing the same? Are you staying behind?