5 Trends in Higher Education to Look Out for in 2022

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1. Emphasis on choice and flexibility

In 2022 students will be looking for flexible choices that still keep their well-being in mind.  Many will expect a variety of options for online, hybrid and in-person courses.  While a reasonable number of universities were prepared to move to an online learning environment when the pandemic hit, others struggled 

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1. Emphasis on choice and flexibility

to catch up. E-Learning exposed some flaws such as equitable access to technology and course quality.

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2. Sustainability as a priority

With a climate crisis engulfing us, universities need to adapt their curriculum and shift their priorities.  Their focus needs to be 100% on the environment. Reducing their carbon footprint is one trend that is likely to be a priority in 2022.  Minimising air travel with more distance learning options and i

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nternational guest speakers tuning in virtually could be just a few ways to address this issue.

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3. Hybrid learning

In 2022, universities are likely to continue to expand and evolve their blended and hybrid learning formats.  Many of them had to rapidly transform in 2020 and 2021 and this trend will continue to develop and become a new norm.  A lot of attention will be directed towards improving 

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3. Hybrid learning

video and audio quality to make interactions better.

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4. A leap in technology

The ever-progressing world of technology has not left the education sector behind.  Our capacity for technological advancement is constantly expanding and we might be on the verge of a big leap, which will strongly benefit higher education.  Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial 

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4. A leap in technology

Intelligence (AI) might find their place in higher education sooner rather than later, to make distance learning an experience closer to in-person learning.

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5. Focus on building soft skills

Universities will be expected to find a way to help students develop some of the most valued skills in the workplace like problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, people management and empathy, among others. However, the growing trend towards online education is proving challenging for teachers when it comes to 

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5. Focus on building soft skills

enhancing their soft skills. Educators need to find a way to encourage students to work together and face-to-face in order to nurture the development of such highly sought qualities.  Those who manage to find that balance between online and in-person will offer a competitive advantage in higher education, making their students more 

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employable, thus improving their alumni success rate.

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