Online Education Trends / News / Facts for the year 2012
As colleges and university are tackling with the economic crisis that reduced their funds and forced them to increase education costs, it’s time to think about our future and analyze what’s there in the field of education in the year 2012.
Researches reveal that only almost 40% of people with ages between 25 and 64 have some kind of graduate degree, yet by 2018, 63% of the well-paid employments in US will demand a graduate degree.
While it’s hard to identify precisely what will arise in 2012, here’s what some professionals have projected to see depending on current trends and the advanced technologies in higher education.
The fresh college students better appreciate the worth and expenditures related with education and demand more from colleges or universities. They realize that graduates hardly get employments these days. Therefore, they demand more for their money and demand to be well-prepared. It means it’s now students who mostly help devise the rules, policies and activities so that they may have more educational benefits for the money they are paying.
Many colleges are altering their admissions testing policies and turning out to be more flexible with the variety of testing they accept; various turning out to be test score optional, or progressively more accommodating of more original submissions.
Interactive Classroom: Online education programs in US are making use of interactive tools like the iPad. The students are widely using such tools and learning both at home and college. Moreover, teachers are including interactive textbooks, educational games and joint projects into students’ coursework.
Visual Learning Systems: Today’s generation has better visual ability and it is much developed. Due to the internet browsing and knowledge overloading, visual forms of education are very useful and rewarding. These modifications are carried out by concentrating more on looking instead of listening.
Online Projects and Collaboration: Increasingly, instructors are adopting various advanced tools to engage students with their classmates and professionals across the world. This is being done usually through blogging, podcasting, digital media and many other online joint projects.
Education through Games: Today, immediate satisfaction is a huge requirement for students. For this purpose, learning via games is more fun and useful. Educational games stimulate students to leave comfort zone to reach higher levels of knowledge. Although such games don’t replace with lesson procedures, they are a good alternate way.
Concentrate on Critical Thinking: Committal to memory is always predictable, but the focus must be more on solving the issues. The aptitude to remember learned parts of subjects have its place in the classroom, but critical thinking is basic aspect for preparing students for innovation and entrepreneurship in various important fields.
Occupation-based Training: The educational expenses, along with the fact that a large number of aspirants are already technically able enough to begin a profession that doesn't demand any degree, can cause a large number of students to go for the workforce after completing high school education. Therefore, many students are looking for entrepreneurial chances at a younger age.
Besides the above mentioned factore, its expected that the following will also play a major role in shaping the traditional education.
- Social Media Portals
- Podcasting (Asynchronous online education)
- Emerging of Better technology
- Shared data, collaborative functionality
- A shift to open source—Learning Management Systems (LMS) and free learnring management system includign Moodle.
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