The Future of Learning

The Future of Learning

The World is constantly changing. Humans are working on all fronts to improve lives. The world is becoming more open, accessible and faster. And the foundation of all these changes lies in the Educational System. The Educational System is all set to upgrade as newer trends emerge worldwide.

The biggest factors that would affect the future of Education would be the Internet, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Video Revolution and trends set by top universities.

Future of Learning will :

  1. No longer be defined by only time,place or institution.
  2. Allow learners to select their own learning paths and curriculum.
  3. Give the freedom to Learners of achieving Course Outcomes by themselves.
  4. Give personalized experience to each student through Machine Learning.
  5. Have different systems of credits to suite the needs of current and future recruiters.

Learning will be Beyond Schools, Colleges and Universities

The increase in access to internet will continue the fuel of eLearning. The growth is expected to be high to an extent that traditional universities will have to initiate Online Classes for their students. The transition would be slow, but is currently in action.

Internet allows institutes to provide educational services even without being present or physically interacting with the students. With time, more institutes will join hands with eLearning to provide an all time access to educational content. Learners will expect and secure access to learning anytime, anywhere on their schedule.

This will include a growing number of short courses (2-3 weeks in duration), which carry credit, weekend and intensive learning sessions, as well as longer compressed learning periods (6-8 weeks). Admission to programs and courses will allow for multiple start dates, the cycle being driven by demand, not availability of academic or instructional staff.

New forms of support for learning – instant mentoring, online peer networks, and coaching from global support structures – will meet this demand. Learners will drive provision – they will no longer have to fit in with the schedules designed by others.

Learner’s will Set up their own Learning Paths

In the future, students will be able to set up their own learning plans. Currently, schools, colleges and universities decide a fixed curriculum for all students. Although this may be efficient at the institute’s end, the student’s personal learning needs are often overlooked. This system assumes that a single plan is good enough for all.

A better way of addressing this issue is by allowing individuals to choose their own learning paths. As the internet improves access to information, learners will be able to choose their own learning paths and implement them as well.

Giving Freedom to Learners

Freedom is important for any person to develop and learn new skills – in Real World, in Real Time !

Future Learning is all about having the freedom to choose your own subjects under a specific course, based on your interest, career, personal requirements.

Thankfully, top universities and a few other lesser-known universities have started the concept of “Electives”. Under  “Electives” student can choose subjects under a course that are of interest or value to them. This concept will only be extended further to give complete control to the Learner. This freedom also means that students will be responsible for their academic choices.

“Freedom” is what everyone craves for. Freedom can be good at times but it can also back-fire. Freedom works best only on motivated learners. Too much freedom is bad for unenthusiastic learners.

But, as we are looking forward to creating an educational system that creates motivated learners, giving freedom is a must.

Learning won’t be restricted to textbooks

One key difference between now and future learning relates to how learners acquire knowledge and skills. In the future, routes to knowledge and skill acquisition will become much more varied. Students might take courses from post-secondary institutions (as a great many will continue to do) or obtain their knowledge and skills through self-directed learning, informal learning networks, intense workshops, online learning from public or
private sources, open educational resources, mentors, coaches or other means.

As we move from time in class to knowledge, skill- and competency-based assessment as the basis for credit recognition, employment and professional development, how a person gained knowledge and skill will be less important than the fact of mastery.


All the above trends for future learning are heavily inspired by online learning or eLearning. Without the power of internet, these trends would had never emerged.

To conclude, it is important for universities to know that soon they will have to provide services online. The future trends can only be achieved through eLearning.


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