Trends in Adult Education: Post #1 Trends
Researching on the internet and discussing learning trends on Skype proved to be an excellent learning opportunity for me. The two trends my partner and I discussed were game-based learning and massive open online courses or MOOCs. Game based learning has the potential to be the next huge innovation in education. The gaming industry has a worth of approximately 61 billion dollars and that shows potential for implementation with the next generation of adult learners. MOOCs are a new and exciting way for employers to find tenacious and self-motivated learners that may not have the resources or connections to be accepted into some post-secondary institutions.
The gaming industry has a good grasp on the desires of the technologically savvy section of today’s society. The attention span of the adult learner has become shorter and students become bored or detached more easily. This makes keeping people engaged and motivated more difficult. The interactive nature of game based learning keeps the students involved in relevant problem solving situations where reaching a goal or acquiring a skill could be the outcome. Game based learning creates competition as the learner, through repetition, as learners attempt to perfect the skill in a virtual simulation without the anxiety created by failing in the real world. The military and health care fields are the front runners in the application of game based education to train personnel. With costs decreasing dramatically in gamed based learning and the endorsement of the military and health care, with the learning effectiveness, many other industries are joining this new learning revolution.
Online education has always been a viable option for many potential students. Massive open online courses offer learners the information they want and skips the unnecessary sections of the curriculum. The new business leader appears to have a desire for more job-related education which makes the option of online education more appealing. As my partner and I discussed the lower cost of this type of education proves to be another piece that draws people to this choice of massive open online courses. The need to be self-motivated and directed leads employers to these students as potential hires as it is believed they are tenacious learners. The future landscape of education is ever changing and I think the massive open online courses will be a part of it.