Trends in Education for 2019
Trends in Education for 2019 by Márcia Monteiro
Like any other area, there are a set of trends foreseen for the upcoming years that are the result of the evolution of human behaviour and education is no exception. In the face of new challenges, the emergence of an increasingly global world combined with technological evolution and greater use of information, we are witnessing a change in teaching standards and methodologies worldwide. So, what are the main trends for 2019 in the area of Education?
1# Active Learning using technology
In 2019, teaching methodologies will be more and more active, using strategies that encourage student participation, for example through flipped learning. Flipped learning usually consist of a set of exercises or challenges that are launched to students before they even go to class. This situation requires each one of these students to conduct research and a prior study on these contents in order to discuss them later in the classroom environment. There is also the emergence of a collaborative methodology, in which students are motivated to debate and exchange information between them. It’s necessary to stimulate the teaching environment to make courses less passive and more active. Today, students rely on search engines, online lessons and recorded lectures/conferences. There is a strong belief that this trend, combined with technology, will become an independent learning process.
2 # Personalised teaching adjusted to the rhythm of each student
Every student is a unique and individual person and each student has different learning rhythms. This is why the same class tutored by the same teacher has distinct results in the final evaluations. The future of education is depending more and more on the personalisation of education adjusted to the rhythm of each student and there is a strong probability of substantial progress in the assimilation and understanding of content.
3# interdisciplinarity of knowledge
The market calls for versatile professionals capable of responding to a multitude of tasks, sometimes in complementary areas. In this sense, universities should be aware of the interdisciplinarity in terms of knowledge that can help their students develop diverse skills and turn them into highly qualified professionals.
4 # Abolishment of the traditional way of assessment
The way of assessing students, which highlights their knowledge domain, is no longer the only tool for assessing student performance. Assessment methods are essentially calculated by the students’ ability to apply their knowledge into future situations. New approaches to research, teaching and learning will require students to be more collaborative and creative. In general, depending on the field of study, the traditional exams will soon be replaced by projects that, in practical terms, bring more value to students, for them to apply in their professional careers.
5 # Artificial Intelligence
In the face of rapid technological developments, more forms of artificial intelligence (automatic learning, deep learning, neural networks) will emerge in education, including learning platforms and other communication tools.
6 # More choice
There will be more learning options, not only in terms of courses but also in terms of learning, which will become more personalised and with more and more different experiences. In 2019, there will be more students learning outside the University.
Márcia Monteiro – MA Marketing Course Leader
London School of Design and Marketing