Top Trends in Education

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Top Trends in Education
by Aaron Skonnard

Online corporate learning : Increasing number of companies are realizing that there’s great value in furthering their employees’ knowledge in ways that are flexible, cost-effective, and tailored to each individual’s needs.

In contrast to the academic Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are still struggling to find the best path to a reliable revenue stream, businesses focused on corporate e-learning have found a business model that works well. Online corporate learning allows employees in every industry and at any level to experience the power of customized training, 24/7, on any device. Unlike with classroom-based training, learners can train on their own time using customized formats. Everyone can move at their own pace, learning what they need to know and exploring their own interests. Though still a relatively young industry, corporate e-learning promises to deliver new models of teaching and a future of exciting breakthroughs.

Alternative learning style : Gone are the days when students have to rely only on text-based–or even video-based-tutorials. While those are still effective, new types of learning styles will continue to emerge in 2015, offering online learners more interactive experiences like writing code directly in the browser, or completing online challenges as part of the learning process.

Online competency based training : While competency-based training approaches and online learning are nothing new, the blend of the two is creating a revolutionary approach to education. Providers of online competencybased training “can cost-effectively combine modules of learning into pathways that are agile and adaptable to the changing labor market.” They do so by breaking down learning not by courses or even subject matter, but by competencies, thus releasing learning from the constraints of traditional institutions and methods.

Flipped learning : A flipped class is a form of blended learning where students watch video lectures outside of class to learn content online, and then do their homework in class with the guidance of teachers in person. This approach helps to engage students outside of the classroom as well as in it.

Excerpts from the article : 5 Top Trends in Education Technology 2015, Why the industry is primed for big things this year – by Aaron Skonnard published in