Five Big Trends To Define Higher Education In 2013

Introduction of MOOC (massive Open Online Course), explosive growth in online courses, increase in enrollment in online courses, these are some of the big trends that have transformed higher education in 2012.

In 2012, new high growth players entered the online education sector. Universities aligned around interactive platforms. All these activities have helped popularize online certificate programs.

Will 2013 be as dynamic a year for higher education, as 2012 was? Chris Proulx, President & CEO of eCornell, expects this trends to continue in 2013.  He has identified some big trends that will change the higher education in the coming year.

1. Strong growth in the top tier

2013 will be a year of big growth for online education, and the growth will be largely concentrated in top tier universities. Growth may or may not be in terms of increase in enrollment in online programs. Rather, top-tier Universities will increase its online activities.

The trend of top tier universities offering at least some online activity through MOOCs started two years ago. More and more credit and non-credit programs will be available on online platform in 2013.

2. More innovation

Expect more innovation in online course content. The way digital course is designed, and delivered to the students will undergo a big change. Thanks to learning analytics, online course will evolve as faculties have greater insight into who is learning, what and how they are learning.

3. Hybrid Program

In 2013 all the excitements revolved around MOOC. But the hype around MOOC does not hide the fact that it still makes up a very small portion of courses. This is not going to change in 2013.

With some questions still unanswered regarding the MOOCS, the hybrid model will get more attention from the big players. Hybrid model is an amalgam of online and traditional method of education.

Students are not going to abandon classroom education any time soon. Rather, what we expect in 2013 is that some of the best features of online education will be tailored into classroom education.

Working professional students will be the biggest beneficiaries of this hybrid mode of education.

4. A new instructional model

Peer-to-peer and peer-to-faculty interaction is the best part of classroom education. This model needs to be replicated on online platform.

Real time discussions with industry experts, online groups where learners could share their experience will be the parts of online education. These features will make online learners feel the in-depth learning experience of classroom coaching.

5. Cost of education will decrease

Through online course faculty will reach greater number of students which means per unit cost of teaching a student will decrease. To achieve this, similar or better learning outcome for online education will be developed.

Adapted from: 5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013, Forbes


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