How ten key developments are shaping the future of technology-enabled learning

Posted on June 23rd, 2016

This article examines ten key developments in technology-enabled learning that may impact the strategic plans and actions of colleges and universities around the world. Some of these developments include:

  • Competency-based and outcome-based learning are growing quickly: Schools are moving from a knowledge-based curriculum to a curriculum that emphasizes skills and competencies. This is in part driven by the need to bridge the gap between the skills of graduates and what employers are seeking. Universities want to be seen as “critical producers of highly qualified people that can drive socio-economic development.”
  • Technology is enabling new approaches to pedagogy: The technological landscape is constantly evolving. New developments, enabled by technology, that will likely have an impact on teaching and learning include artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and open educational resources.
  • MOOCs are providing expanded routes to the delivery and recognition of learning: More MOOCs are being offered and an increasing number of people are signing up for them. With MOOCs, students have more options to demonstrate their competency and knowledge through credentials such as badges, specializations, and nanodegrees.