Approaches to education and learning keep changing. Our grandparents can hardly understand what all these university dashboards, Turnitin reports, different apps and online courses are about. So what has changed, and what should be expected in the future?
Laptop computers, e-books and tablets have become learning essentials for so many students. Young people nowadays are referred to as “digital natives” – they cannot imagine learning without Internet and their favorite online resources. Having realized that teachers try to use interactive smartboards, presentations and video lessons, blogs and online platforms to engage their students. More digital learning tools are expected in the future.
2. Schools in the Clouds
This approach was developed by educationalist Sugata Mitra, who believes that children can study without any supervision if they are provided with the appropriate environment for that. He organized the establishment of several self-organized learning locations with computers in India and the UK. Now many children from poor families gained better access to knowledge. This idea has a potential to bridge the income gap that leads to unequal learning opportunities. It may also increase competition in education.
Learning-on-the-Go, also known as mobile learning, is not a new development. Students have been using their mobile phones for studies for a while. Numerous apps for mobile devices facilitate access to educational resources via course materials, video tutorials and lessons on topic-specific modules. Now that some universities make their electronic resources mobile-friendly, this trend will get even more common.
4. Flexible Learning Spaces
It is not necessarily anymore to be in one room with your teacher. Or else, it is not necessarily to be seated at desks in rows. Learning spaces became flexible, and approaches to teaching are more personalized. Teachers are searching for the ways to make their students feel more comfortable.
5. Multi-Age Co-Teaching Classrooms
Teaching students of different age at the same classroom used to be a common practice when there were not enough teachers to cater for all grades. Now some schools again experiment with gradeless approach to teaching, even though there is plenty of teachers. The idea is to group students based on the activity, subject and level of independent and content knowledge.