What Are Some Key Trends in Learning?
Education has looked almost the same for over a century. To many, that system has become outdated. In efforts across the world, innovators work to improve and possibly transform education for all by incorporating new ways of learning and exponential technologies into education. These learning experiments can become successful and become a learning trend affecting millions.
Learning in small bursts
Teachers have found it impactful to incorporate short bursts of learning on different topics throughout the day. Bite-sized learning is delivered in brief interactive sessions, ensuring the learner’s attention is not lost. This micro-learning format can reduce the need to learn big sets of information at once, while lessening the stress which tends to accompany that type of effort.
Adding creativity back to the classroom
Classrooms focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have worked well over the past decades, but creative people are needed now more than ever. Educators have found that creativity is vital to our learning process and the way we express ourselves as humans. Learning about the creative arts is gaining popularity, and so now is back in some curricula. Even more, many companies have begun to give credit to creativity, even going so far as to list it as a desired trait in their recruiting efforts.
Changing teaching methods
Leaders in education have started to reach children through new ways of teaching, such as simulated learning, educational games, and even edutainment (educational entertainment). Simulated learning experiences put the student inside the learning. For example, RoomQuake scales a regular classroom into an earthquake simulation. Educational games and edutainment learning methods offer students the chance to get out of the book and into an experience, opening up opportunities for valuable teaching moments. Additionally, this approach gives learners ample opportunity to develop real-world skills, such as working collaboratively and essential time and task management skills.
Some education experts predict that classrooms of the past century will soon go by the wayside, in favor of more individualized learning. With the freedom that comes from not being locked down by device, location, or time of day, people can learn at their own pace. Self-paced learning not only gives fast learners an edge but can also highlight learning challenges more quickly. Programs and courses that cater to specific learning challenges like ADHD and Dyslexia are providing learners with the tools they need to learn on par with others in their age range.
Although online education has gone through some transformation, it has been available via the internet for decades. Online classes are easily accessible for any person with internet access, whether that be through computers, tablets, phones, or smart devices. This opens up opportunities for learning on internet platforms that teach people using video tutorials and visual learning methods.
From a bird’s-eye view, emerging technologies in education can appear volatile, but this exploration and discovery can close important gaps in access to and quality of education. Leading educators have taken the first steps toward teaching with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain in order to guide students’ educational journeys. Other educational innovators have focused on making education more engaging and appealing through virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). And some leaders are exploring the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to offer more streamlined communications to students and parents in real-time.