Profound changes have re-shaped the face of higher education in roughly 50-years time. If education is the crucible then innovation is forged. Incentivising innovations and promoting creativity through educational institutions is the foremost step towards rendering a new mould towards catering education to students at large.
At times, furnishing to a vast population with very limited resources poses to be the greatest barrier. Hence, there should be massive changes to the needs of economy and identification of challenges for meeting objectives of creating new technologies for catering education most conveniently to students at any remote corner of the globe. While there is progress, there is retreat; and both should be gracefully accepted to overcome challenges for advancing the society towards development. In that case, the education sector needs to be identified, studied and explored to realise what innovations can be introduced in this field. In fact, the sector serves as fertile ground for ground-breaking innovations.
Here, we present a 10 pioneering innovations in education.
Ø Innovation 1-Online Advising:When students feel disconnected from classroom, they give up and recoil to their own world. Conversely, those students who feel part of any community tend to persist for a longer time. Besides, students tend to get diverted with no strategies for adequate engagement. Hence, integrated online advising with adequate planning and student engagement ensure students remain glued to their tracks without getting deflected.
Ø Innovation 2-Bespoke class timing:Gradually, class timing is becoming optimised with enabled online learning. Today, education is available on the online radar and the world is becoming web-enhanced and web-enabled. Nonetheless, blended class is now becoming the norm.
Ø Innovation 3- Innovative learning mode replacing Traditional style: Traditional mode of learning is now replaced with innovative mode of learning, which are basically web based that includes animations, simulations and web portals.
Ø Innovation 4- Education inspired by the science of learning: Today, the education sector is more inspired by the science of learning where instructional designs are used to cater education to students. Since education has become internet based in a world where online education is the new global force, courses are now including more active learning, social learning and real-world assessments on the web.
Ø Innovation 5- Innovative frontiers in the realm of e-learning: Collaborative learning is now the new ‘in’ thing. The process incorporates educational gaming, animations, hands-on simulations and immersive learning environments. Engagement of students through online learning is particularly enhanced by high levels of interaction, steered by collaborative learning process.
Ø Innovation 6- More Badges and Certificates: Day by day alternate types of credentialing will tend to become more common. Sometimes, it may seem that students might prefer certificate in business from prestigious institutions rather than from any home institution.
Ø Innovation 7- Customised, adaptive and easy learning: Personalised learning methods, embedded with remediation and customised instructions is now the norm. The future is near when this mode of learning will gradually become key component in most of the courses.
Ø Innovation 8- Smooth educational transition from complex to easy mode: In many cases it has been seen that students after high schools hardly do well when they enter colleges. But with innovative learning aligned to college curriculum, this proves the best learning style for students.
Ø Innovation 9- In pursuit of New Source of Education and Revenue: Nowadays, one can witness explosion of virtual universities, online degree programmes and training programmes. In a few years, one can witness a high number who will chase individuals with higher degrees and work experiences. Since, this can lead to huge competition amongst those people, only a significant few of the total number will succeed.
Ø Innovation 10- Open and free textbooks through online: The most innovative way of trimming down cost of higher education is introducing online instructional environments and textbooks. Buying a textbook means paying a heavy price, but when you can access study materials through online, the cost is reduced to remarkable extent.
So, observing the above trends it can be said that online learning is the new trend and it is a supreme innovation in education. Some of the most renowned universities across the world are offering online learning through introduction of varied courses. These universities are world recognised and offer the equal opportunities that you would likely enjoy in any brick and motor institution. Day by day, student engagement in online learning is increasing rapidly and the future is near when online learning will become the supreme innovative mode of education.
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