2020: Trends in education …

Is it just me, or have there been so many more articles and posts about trends in the new year/decade recently? I’m certain I’ve not seen this many before, either for a new year or a new decade – examples here and here and here and here and here and here and here, are but a few.

You’ll be plerased to know I’m not going to write about any trend(s) here (although I do have ideas), other than to say that I believe a (re)focus on the human element in learning design, instead of the technology, is going to be vital to navigate the new HE sector. Consider the impact Brexit and other socio-political factors will affect the industry and you’ll see the need for institutions to lookl hard at the bottom line and focus on what they’re good at, which is hopefully teaching and quality courses.

Whilst there has been a great deal of focus on effective and inclusive learning design and learning experiences for a number of years now, I believe we are entering new and highly competitive era for higher education providers, and the continued success of these institutions will come down to the feedback, satisfaction and ‘trusted’ status each provider has, as submitted by the student.

I’ve just been reminded in this post, from 2012, that supports my ‘claim, not trend’ (as someone put it), about a focus on learning design – ‘the voice of an active learner’

There, prediction (but not a trend, oh no) over!

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