A Note from Matthew Edwards
2020 had a major effect on everybody, no matter what industry you’re in, we were all forced to adapt. In the last couple of months or so I’ve personally been speaking with several individuals in the education space. So it seemed only fitting that we would have a guest post from a returning author specifically to do with the changes to the education sector and the future of learning.
Five Changing Trends in Education for the Future of Learning
What is a trend in the education industry? A trend in education is a shift in the general direction of how learning takes place to something new and usually more efficient. Since formal education became standardized, there have been several shifts in the education industry. Most of these changes have been embraced on a global scale while some others have been changed as quickly as they were adopted. Right now, many upcoming trends in education are making significant shifts from what we used to know to what younger generations will grow to know.
1. In-person Classes to Online Learning
In-person classes have been the prevailing trend in the education industry for years. Even as online learning became more popular, it was primarily an option for college students. About 33% of all college students were reportedly taking online courses from accredited universities before Covid-19. In the Covid-19 era, things have taken a different turn. Online learning is no longer trending among older students. Students from every level of education have benefited significantly from online learning classes. Millions of students have been enrolled in digital classes by their schools or parents. This shift from in-person classes to online learning has not been without flaws but they are bound to get better with time.
2. Online Learning to Hybrid Learning
As seen above, online learning isn’t without its flaws. There is still a lot of work to be done before students of all ages can rely strictly on a digital source of education. A more viable alternative that is going to overtake online learning is hybrid or blended learning. Rather than focusing solely on the Internet for education, students will get half their studies online and half from in-person classes. Hybrid learning is typically more efficient for medical and engineering students.