Ten years ago, it may have sufficed to offer a few entrepreneurship courses and workshops, but undergraduates now expect universities to teach them how to convert their ideas into business or nonprofit ventures. As a result, colleges have become engaged in an innovation arms race.
Yet campus entrepreneurship fever is encountering skepticism among some academics who say that start-up programs are simply parroting an “innovate and disrupt” Silicon Valley mind-set and promoting narrow skill sets without encouraging students to tackle more complex problems.
The college degree, as a measure of workforce readiness, faces unprecedented skepticism. But employers still value degrees because the experiences universities curate can signal professional disposition, higher-level critical thinking and disciplined time management.
So what does a curated degree of the future look like? The success of the “coding bootcamps”, with their immersive-curated programs, may provide a window into this future. General Assembly, for instance, curates academic pathways that cultivate non-cognitive capabilities in addition to teaching technical skills.
The university-curator of the future will embrace the role of curator, translator and intermediary, helping students to not only identify the competencies that matter but also to discover the most efficient pathway to acquire the “bundle” that employers seek.
Six universities: Delft University of Technology, ETH Zurich, the Australian National University, the University of Queensland, the University of British Columbia, and Boston University are set to pilot a global credit transfer system that will allow students to use courses taken online to count towards their degrees.
Similar to the European Credit Transfer System, this Mooc credit transfer system would enable students to take modules with a number of institutions, whose marks could be put towards a degree programme.
Today graduate school is gripped in a vise. One jaw of that vise is the ever-tightening academic job market, and the other jaw is the increasing corporatization of the academy.
Some predictions and hopes for the future of Ph.D. training are: the possibility of a more flexible dissertation requirement; that the lab-centered, grant-driven model will be put into question; and that doctoral programs in the sciences replace more research grants with training grants (which emphasize teaching).
For students who are about to begin applying to college, there are several emerging trends that may have a significant impact on the application process and the overall college experience.
These developments mirror shifts in the larger world that emphasize personal expression and individuality. Here are three to watch out for: Specialized degrees, personalized learning, and a changing role of social media in the admissions process.
More people signed up for MOOCs in 2015 than they did in the first three years of the “modern” MOOC movement. In 2015, 1,800 new courses were announced, taking the total number of courses to 4,200 and the total number of students who signed up for at least one course has crossed 35 million.
In 2016, we can expect to see a lot more credentials and credits. But as MOOC providers try to aggressively monetize, critical components of the learning experience will no longer be free.
The technologies of tomorrow are already being tested in select classrooms today, laying the seeds for the future of how students could learn. We’ve reviewed a few of these trends through the lens of how they could affect classrooms in both K–12 and higher education.
In short, these trends are: Virtual Reality (VR) adds new dimension to learning; the 3D printing's audience is on track for growth; the Internet of Things (IoT) finds its place; wearables go mainstream; and tech is going to become smarter and more interactive.
The explosion of competency-based education development that we saw in 2014 is going to reach many new classrooms in 2016. Administrators will find new ways to use predictive analytics to improve student outcomes. Accreditation reform may actually be decided in 2016. And, competition from alternative providers such as coding bootcamps, will continue to challenge traditional higher ed.
Here are some of the visuals from around the Internet this past year that helped visualize what mattered—student debt, early-childhood education, regional inequality in schools, campus protests, and so on—in a way that was engaging and provocative.
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