Future of Education – Some Possibilities DiscussedFebruary 27, 2017
Analysing the trends, challenges and developments discussed over the last few years in the NMC Horizon Reports, it becomes apparent that some of them are more mainstream and are considered to be of more influence than others. Blended Learning Approaches and Focus on Measuring Learning were seen to be key trends continuously for the last six and five years respectively. Advancing Cultures of Innovation and Redesigning learning spaces are also consistently named among the leading trends for over the previous three years. Competing new Methods of Education was listed as a key challenge over the past five years. Blending Formal and Informal Learning and Improving Digital Literacy were seen as challenges over the last three years. Learning Analytics was considered to be one of the most important developments over the last few years. Adaptive Learning Technologies were also listed among the developments in the most current report.
Other reports (e.g. Open University report ) look at pretty much the same trends but from a different angle. I would see the importance of Formative Analytics in learning combined with the enhanced functionalities of LMS as one of the future developments that could support the Adaptive Learning. With all the various developments occurring in the education, I see the necessity for the more sophisticated, accessible and user-friendly LMS platforms. Blended Learning Designs and focus on Deeper Learning entails including collaboration, discussion and social learning. The LMS systems in their current form do not seem to be able to facilitate the seamless, engaged discussion that is easy to follow, therefore use of external analysis and communication tools. These developments of LMSs would probably entail the incorporation of external instruments and platforms. I think the integration of various platforms and possible alliances between platforms owners are very likely, as in today’s saturated digital landscape the flexibility and adaptability are required to survive. This also can have the implications for institutions deciding on their LMSs – integration with other systems and adjustability can play a crucial role.
In the globalised world, many people work, communicate and learn in the languages that are not their native. I think it is going to continue to have an impact on education. As English is becoming a mainstream education language, national educational institutions are going to face a huge challenge – how to preserve cultural identity while sustaining programmes’ competitiveness; or how to include the most current resources (usually available in English first) not disadvantaging non-English speakers? Translanguaging strategies defined as allowing flexibility and fluidity between languages were seen among the pedagogies for future in the OU report 2016. I believe that incorporating language strategies and instruments will hugely impact education over the next years – starting from strategies for primary level schools (many children start schools in countries which languages they don’t speak); the development of tools and instruments to make content translatable and meaningful; to strategies to maintain cultural identity.
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