Today, many HEIs are already beginning to think about how to restructure. As a result, they are planning to offer hybrid in-person classes with distance learning this upcoming semester. This will accommodate both students and staff on campus, as well as those who can’t attend in-person.
We had a quick jump to online exams last spring. The trend will continue and we’ll see a push towards innovative digital testing and more summative assessment that demonstrates students’ 21-century skills and deeper understanding of coursework.
However, the changes to education certainly won’t stop there. This HBR article outlines an interesting scenario. It outlines how lectures could be commoditised for viewing online. This would free up time for instructors to focus on more research-based teaching, problem solving and student mentorship.
“This is a hybrid model of education that has the potential to make college education more affordable for everybody,” write the authors.
A different educational path
Many were surprised to see university applications in the UK actually go up in spite of the pandemic. According to a report by Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) they’ve increased 1.6% compared to this time in 2019. But as expectations of higher education change, many students in the future might not opt for a traditional university education at all. In fact, it turns out Generation Z - at least in the U.S. - aren’t too enthusiastic about heading to university or college.
According to a survey conducted by ECMC Group, an American non-profit for students, more than half of respondents said they were open to something other than a 4-year degree. At the same time, just 23% thought going to university or college was the only way to a good job.
Moreover, 70% wanted to create their own educational path. And 59% expect to continue learning throughout their lifetime through courses and training.
This is all happening against a backdrop of a global digital education market that is expected to reach $33.2 billion (USD) by 2025 (up from $8.4 billion today). Of this, self-paced online education is expected to boast the largest piece of the market.
So, higher education institutions that offer a more modular and personalised learning experience online, which teach skills relevant for our rapidly changing world, will have an excellent opportunity to attract new students post COVID-19.
As the global market becomes more saturated, there will also be more global competition. In turn, this will increase innovation in education and develop new, exciting learning tools for future students to enjoy.
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