Digital Learning in 2015

Many have already weighed in on what 2015 will bring for education or what big trends may surface.

Here’s what I see happening in 2015:

I believe that for individuals and families living and working in international settings or engaged in some aspect of language learning, the use of language applications will become commonplace.

There are numerous free apps available to help one learn dozens of languages and they are different enough from one another to provide variety and great choice.

The other trend I believe will happen is that MOOCs will become better understood and more commonly utilized for life-long learning.  MOOCs haven’t met original predictions to change the higher education landscape. In fact, according to a recent article in the New York Times, the average user already has a degree and the completion rate is low.

Instead of bemoaning the lack of course completion, I believe we should celebrate adult learners and their ability to dabble in learning opportunities by some of the best professors on the planet.

Want to try out a physics class? Or a class on Public speaking? the Art of Negotiation?  Writing for web? Happiness? Great! Sign up and watch a video or two.  Most adult learners exploring content for life-long learning don’t need certificates or to take quizzes. They can explore MOOCs for the pure joy of learning.

That’s an idea to celebrate!

 

2 Replies to “Digital Learning in 2015”

  1. I couldn’t agree more, Shary. MOOCs offer our students wonderful opportunities to engage in learning beyond the classroom, but they also offer parents and other community members the same opportunity. I remember when my mother went back to school (community college) when I was in high school and how much it affected my own desire to keep learning and keep growing. How wonderful would it be if many or all schools could offer this kind of tailored programming online to parents who need it? There are many current pitfalls with online learning (at least when I was in college), but I do think the pros outweigh the cons. What about you? Have you taken part in any of these listed in the PowerPoint?

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