Education Trends in 2018 and Admission
Dynamic, Forceful, Transformational – education as a field is growing and changing and reinventing itself at a rapid pace to match the Information Age that we are so much a part of! The way we teach and process information has dramatically changed after the Googles/FBs etc have entered our sphere.The trends thus also need to keep up with this tech-savvy, millennial crowd and some of the biggest trends to look out for in 2018
1- MOOCs – or Self-learning portals and learning at your own selected pace online.
Learning new tools to improve efficiency, or study a new idea like data analysis, take a ‘Masterclass’ with Marc Jacobs on fashion or Speilberg on filmmaking is all part of our daily learning now, thanks to technology. Coursera, MITedX, Udemy, Khanacademy, Code.org and others – platforms for online learning in any course is far more interesting than before. One can not only explore new professions through this way but also get an exposure and understanding of various fields that interest you and alternatively build skill in any one field by taking more online classes within one’s scope. Sitting in on MITedx classes or virtual classes from Harvard etc – is the way to go as one can be a part of top schools from around the world sitting at home! Learning from the best to be the best!
Now one doesn’t need to depend on purely securing a degree to find a job to be ‘Employable’, more and more the next big internship and job is related to ‘how skilled ‘ an individual is. For example – If you want to be in the Digital Marketing – the question is how good are you with graphics, what is your understanding of using Google Analytics, FB adverts and how to do SEO – Search Engine Optimisation – other than of course knowing how to effectively use the tools of Instagram and FB to connect to the right audience. It’s about knowing ‘Blockchain ‘ for a banking job and AutoCAD software for Architects and Interiors or as much as understanding all the levels of ‘TALLY’ to be a competent accountant. Whatever the field it is necessary to know the technical language of that field such that It improves the efficiency and reach of the company.
3- STEM-related programs
Coding for kids has become as important as knowing math or science. Kids as young as 4 have started to get a basic understanding through the free software by MIT MatLabs called ‘Scratch.’ More science clubs, innovation centers, and even incubators to promote entrepreneurial ideas have sprung up in schools as well as in the workspace. This is a big ‘hurrah’ for collaborative work. STEM-related programs – in statistics, technology, engineering, and mathematics are going to be trending in 2018.
4- Summer School programs
High school and college is the time to explore new ideas and career options and also universities. Many students now opt for taking 2-3 weeks to do pre-college summer at the high school or summer programs during degree college to get an international perspective and understanding of new methods of learning. India too is catching up as we have some great summer programs being delivered. For example – such as an IVY league school like Columbia Business School doing a two-week summer program in Entrepreneurship and Global innovation at JBCN School in Mumbai in June 2018, summer programs in Ahmedabad, FLAME university, Doon School etc. Some students even opt to go abroad for a summer from Cambridge, St Andrews to Berkley – all are open to international students.
5- Travel and exposure
Best way to learn is through experience and students are now traveling and gaining exposure to add to their knowledge and skills. Whether its traveling to universities ‘called Edu-tourism’ to decide on their future destination , or traveling at leisure to experience new places , new activities like adventure sports etc. more and more students are opting to learn through travel and some even take gap years to explore new ideas through work and ‘job shadowing’ or observerships to understand their own interests better before jumping headlong into an educational path or career.
2018 promises to be exciting as the government of India as well as working towards new schemes to build world-class institutions in various fields. New courses in fashion, design technology, Filmmaking, animation, VR and Ai are giving students more options and avenues to explore. Multitasking is in and being ‘one dimensional’ is out. ‘Education for learning skills’ is in an ‘education for the sake of degree ‘ is out. ‘Exploring new ideas and application of information’ is in and ‘Studying by rote, for the sake of exams’ is out! Learning and growing is a continuous journey.
Director at Educabroad Consulting
International Education Consultant.