Key Trends in the Education and Training Industry
Technology has brought about plenty of changes in the education and training industry. The internet alone has created new avenues of delivery and receipt of lessons, including virtual classrooms and self-study.
With the way technology continues to evolve, it’s only logical to expect more changes and trends to arise. Here are a few that both learners and educators must keep an eye on in the next few years.
Upskilling and Continuing Education
Nowadays, academic learning is not enough to be competitive in the job market. Practical skills are also a must. If you have a diploma from a college or university, it’s a good idea to complement it with specialised training courses that can be applied in different career paths. For example, basic first aid is a valuable skill that any employer in any industry would appreciate in their people.
Digital-based skills, such as SEO and social media marketing, are also excellent choices. You also can’t go wrong with improving communication, time management, and leadership skills.
For certification courses on software, take note that many of them require renewals. Usually, once the software releases a new version, you will need to take another course for that specific release. At the same time, the old certification will remain valid.
Online Collaborative Learning
As earlier mentioned, technology (particularly the internet) has transformed the way people learn. Self-study is a popular model, where students will receive modules and then take an examination to acquire their certificates. This is an extremely helpful learning method, but it also takes away one crucial aspect of the process: collaboration.
As such, many educational institutions and training academies offer online classes combined with practical demonstrations. Such interactions improve understanding and increased engagement, resulting in a better grasp of the lessons.
Collaborative learning also helps bridge the gap between teachers and students, as well as amongst students themselves. This can help build interpersonal skills and prevent feelings of isolation in those who are engaged in distance learning.
Using Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence or AI is an important component of virtual learning. This is already seen in current AI-assisted learning models, relieving some of the load from the instructors. While AI instructors can’t fully replace humans, these technological advancements can go a long way in making a teacher’s job so much easier.
AI is also a valuable tool in designing education and training modules after gathering data from teachers and students. This way, the materials are more targeted and can ensure that different learning needs and styles are accommodated.
Finally, AI can also be used in assessing student capabilities. This can help teachers in guiding their students improve through customised learning.
Data Management and Analytics
Data gathering was touched upon in the previous point, in relation to the development of customised modules. This will not be possible without two integral processes: management and analytics. Through these methods, every decision can be backed by solid, verifiable data.
Data management and analytics are also valuable when it comes to performance measurement. Not only can it pinpoint issues about a student’s academics, but also concerns within the classroom such as engagement and even emotional support.
For post-school education, such as specialised training courses or supplemental learning, data management and analytics can play a key role in developing curricula. These can be based on the current demand, for example, or emerging industry trends. This ensures that the courses are up-to-date and responsive to the times.
Engagement is a persistent problem in the classroom, especially in younger students. This is why gamification has been steadily gaining popularity over the years. The concept is simple: education is treated like a game where students are incentivised with rewards when they do well.
Gamification has been shown to increase participation and engagement, as well as foster healthy competition. It also encourages students to practice and study on their own, which improves mastery.
Finally, gamification creates an interactive environment. This improves mood and morale, which contributes to a better learning experience.
What’s great about this concept is that it’s not limited to traditional set-ups. With a little bit of creativity, gamification can also be applied in online classrooms.
Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to learn outside of the classroom. However, there’s also an increasing number of students who are choosing to go to other countries to pursue higher education.
In addition, more and more students are visiting “non-traditional” countries to study, as opposed to the “usual” destinations such as the United States or the United Kingdom. Some of these countries include China, Japan, Russia, Germany, and Italy. This is primarily due to improved and wider educational offerings, which attracts more students from different fields. Coupled with relaxed visa restrictions, and it’s definitely an attractive prospect to students.
It remains to be seen if these trends would continue to have an impact in the education and training industry ten years down the line. However, it’s only logical to expect that new trends will also continue to emerge in the future. The key is to always be ready to adapt.