There are many factors that are changing our education system. Are you ready to face these changes?
In order for educators to properly promote their students' participation, they need to keep abreast of these latest changes and the key factors that affect learning in the classroom. Understanding these trends can help them create more effective learning environments.
As teachers prepare to implement these latest developments in education, here are the five most important trends they should be familiar with.
1. Technological trends in teaching and learning
The explosion of technology over the past two decades has not left the education sector behind. Computers and the internet have changed the way students can not only access information, but the lessons themselves. In the fall of 2017, more than 6.5 million students were enrolled in a higher education institution granting distance degrees.
The growth in technological capabilities means that there are now a variety of media and learning support tools to help students receive high quality education through the Internet.
This trend has a number of advantages and disadvantages for teachers and institutions who wish to continue to provide their students with the rigorous education they need to thrive.
Technology, for example, may not encourage students to acquire soft skills. They don't have as many opportunities to communicate with their classmates as they would in traditional classrooms. For example, opportunities to lead group projects will no longer present themselves as organically as they once did.
The online platform can also force teachers to change the way they teach. They might find it difficult to change the way they approach lesson plans to ensure that students stay engaged even though they cannot see the teacher in person.
Fortunately, the advent of the online classroom and technology-infused education also opens up a wealth of possibilities for teachers and their institutions. Many teachers immediately notice the greater flexibility they can offer in their learning schedule. Platforms can offer students the option to watch lessons live or in time. Teachers can appreciate this benefit for students.
The very nature of these online courses can also strengthen the ability of teachers to provide accommodations for different learning styles. Advanced students may be given additional learning resources and challenges to encourage them to delve deeper into the material without disrupting the flow of the rest of the class.
Learning management systems can also make it easier for teachers to track their students' progress throughout the course. They can see how their students participated in the broadcast and recorded lessons. they therefore have a more efficient monitoring system enabling them to provide timely mentoring if necessary.
2. Soft skills training
According to the "Future of Jobs" report, some of the most important skills in the workplace are critical thinking, problem solving, people management and creativity. Employers want to see new professionals who understand how to make tough decisions and how to showcase their leadership abilities.
In order to prepare students for their future careers, schools must put in place training that helps them develop in these areas of competence. In fact, some schools even bring in speakers who can inspire them to find their passion and be more committed to their work. They even bring in college experts to help mentor and guide them.
However, as we have already mentioned, the simultaneous development of e-learning makes it a challenge for many teachers. These educators will need to find a way to balance screen time in their classroom with the importance of encouraging students to work together face to face to foster the development of soft skills.
However, institutions that discover quality formulas to encourage the development of these skills will find that this trend offers them a number of opportunities for growth. Specifically, these institutions will find themselves with a competitive advantage within higher education. Their students will be more employable, which will improve the success rate of their alumni, thus creating a virtuous circle as future students will look for schools with a high success rate of alumni.