Jan 28, 2023

Open Learning Environments: A Solution to Gain Higher Education

  • By Samatha Drake,

Higher education institutions worldwide have been scrambling to adjust to the realities of a worldwide pandemic for the past two years.

This year, the world aims to be on firmer ground, and colleges and institutions will have the opportunity to reset and build a strategic plan for the future.

With two years of experience and data to draw on, educational institutions may look more closely at how they adapted and what changes are still needed to assure continued success and sustainability in 2022.
Also Read: How Higher Education is Impacted by COVID-19

Expanded sorts of learning will continue to become more mainstream and attainable. We’ll see new types of students wanting a rich, user-friendly online presence from their institutions, as well as a more personalized experience.

Each of these dramatic changes can be achieved by implementing an open learning framework that allows universities to adapt to an ever-changing, highly competitive higher education landscape.

In Silo Data to Gain Vital Insights

Student data has traditionally spent its lifespan, from admission to graduation, flowing from one silo to another.

Data is analyzed by several parties to get specialized insights, ranging from enrollment procedures to staff, administration, and alumni. That makes putting together a comprehensive picture of a person’s educational career challenging.

Additional avenues for institutions to involve graduates in continuing their education are evolving as workforce people seek to increase their skill sets.

However, if alumni data is kept in a silo and only the Progress Office has access, prospects to engage lifelong learners are lost. Institutions need not rip down and rebuild old systems to remove silos properly.

Instead, they may thoughtfully, safely, sustainably, and efficiently modernize current systems. Universities will have to identify partners to assist them in determining what needs to be updated and how it should be done.

Increase Student Involvement and Educational Opportunities

We’ll see colleges and universities focus on how they interact with their students outside of the classroom in 2022 and beyond.

One of the cornerstones to providing a high-quality experience to the broadest possible range of students is to offer more options, give flexibility to existing processes and services, and reduce barriers to interaction.

All of these components will benefit from technological advancements.

Institutions can utilize artificial intelligence-based digital assistants to answer student questions online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Similarly, course selection can be made predictive by applying data analytics to deliver personalized recommendations of programs that a person may be interested in or require a diploma completion.

Winding Up

Student demographics have dramatically altered during the last few decades. Women now outnumber males in college, and enrollment among persons of color is rising at an all-time high.

Individuals are also going to college later in life as they change occupations or seek new interests.

Personalized learning techniques and technologies will continue to be in demand in 2022. Universities will need to optimize their investments in technology to satisfy the requirements of an increasingly diverse group of students.

The greater flexibility and simplicity of access will make education more accessible to more people, particularly those who might not have considered getting a college degree otherwise.


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