The world of education continues to evolve and transform with the advancement of technology, and this has been furthered amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This has had a tremendous impact on the educational sphere internationally and locally within my school board. And that leads us to my Top 5 Key Trends shaping our Learning Environments in 2022.
Technology has undergone countless changes over the years making it a beneficial asset for various sectors in society. It has become imperative for educators to properly engage their students; they must remain abreast of these latest technological, pedagogical changes and key factors that affect learning in the classroom.
1. The Rise of Hybrid Delivery
While hybrid programs were gaining momentum even pre-COVID, we’ve witnessed an explosion in digital course offerings. The Ontario Government has implemented a hybrid model as a response to our half in-person and virtual learning modals. This type of modelling, its experiences, and opinions will continue to dominate conversations around program development and teacher education moving forward. The Toronto Star exemplifies some of the debate, noting that a hybrid experience potentially compromises student learning experiences.
2. Increased Use of Technology-Based Interventions
The growth of technological capabilities means that a plethora of media and learning-support tools are here to help students receive a high-quality education online.
The advent of the digital classroom and technology-infused instruction on platforms offers opportunities for teachers to make use of discussion boards, video chats, audio and video feedback on assignments, and other tools as provided in most learning management systems. The online nature of these courses has improved the ability of teachers to use different styles of learning.
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3. Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom
Artificial intelligence and augmented reality, when added in the classroom, allows a different dynamic to surround learning and outcomes. Ideally, it can become more fun, engaging and experimental. These technologies permit students to “get out” of their classrooms and explore possibilities from a distance. Instead of having access only to new and innovative concepts through textbooks, students will be able to experience them through evolved interactions and virtual spaces.
The presence of technology in classrooms has grown phenomenal in the last decade, promoting student learning in and out of the classroom, while preparing them for their careers. As we enter a new decade, these technologies will continue to expand the concept of student learning, with integrated and interactive learning experiences facilitated by digital technology.
4. Soft Skill Training
Critical thinking, problem-solving, people management, and creativity will continue to be the most preferred skills in the workplace. Employers want to see emerging professionals make hard decisions and showcase their leadership abilities.
The institutions, school boards, and individual teachers that uncover quality formulas for encouraging the development of these skills and making students more employable will have a competitive advantage in preparing students for their respective pathways.
5. Facilitating Learning Versus Teaching
As digital classrooms have grown, it has also changed how teachers relate to their students in the classrooms. Teachers have now become the facilitators of education. They are evolving into a position where they help students understand how to learn, to love learning, and how to uncover and understand the information they find.
While learning has become easily accessible and convenient, and modern technology has been crucial in that development. Students have been able to establish connect virtually with one another and continue their studies. Some of the key competencies that we teach our students include the 4C’s of 21st Century Learning: Critical Thinking; Communication; Collaboration; and Creativity and Innovation.
Adapted from hindustantimes.com