Business education trends in 2022 and beyond: new content & formats

Business education trends in 2022 and beyond: new content & formats

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1. New content to tackle contemporary challenges

Nowadays, learners need to acquire much more than business knowledge, whether in organizations or higher education institutions.  The keyword here is interdisciplinarity. To the know-how of all things business, abilities such as technological awareness, digital and soft skills, knowledge of societal issues such as climate action

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1. New content to tackle contemporary challenges

or diversity, equity and inclusion should be added to business education programs.   In organizations, apart from digital skills, it is soft skills that are becoming increasingly relevant. They cannot yet be replaced by technology and are necessary for any job function, transcending roles, organizations and industries.

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2.  New formats for flexible business education

The future of business education is flexible: untied to a specific place, a particular timing, or a strict format.  The one-size-fits-all education model will become obsolete and give way to varied programs and learning paths: short courses, non-degree programs, certifications or microlearning.

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2.  New formats for flexible business education

As lifelong learning will become mandatory, adult learners who cannot study full-time, need dedicated programs that will allow them to reskill and upskill.   Organizations and institutions must devise flexible, shorter and focused programs for those learners that juggle full-time jobs and families alongside learning.

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2.  New formats for flexible business education

Apart from adult learners, younger generations entering university, business schools, or the job market will demand different learning experiences than their predecessors: more virtualized, flexible, interactive, and collaborative.

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3. Virtual and hybrid learning as enablers of flexible business education

Virtual learning can functionally and effectively occur remotely using computer-based tools without a standard classroom environment. It can be asynchronous or synchronous (live). Asynchronous virtual learning can be led in multiple ways (recordings, ebooks, discussion boards, etc.), with a distinctly 

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3. Virtual and hybrid learning as enablers of flexible business education

popular method being mobile learning. It can mean adjusting existing content and platforms to be mobile friendly or creating mobile-first learning experiences. The latter, enabled by mobile applications, will allow microlearning on the go, conveniently and interactively. Hybrid learning, also called blended learning, is an umbrella 

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3. Virtual and hybrid learning as enablers of flexible business education

term encompassing a mix of onsite and online, synchronous and asynchronous methods.  It can combine live sessions in a standard classroom, hybrid classroom (some participants onsite, some online) or virtual classroom, with asynchronousmethods, virtual or analog: from mobile learning or pre-recorded videos to presentations, books, cheat sheets, etc.

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3. Virtual and hybrid learning as enablers of flexible business education

A particular type of hybrid learning using a hybrid virtual classroom occurs in real-time, with some learners in the physical classroom and others connecting remotely, according to their individual preferences, while instructors teach onsite. It enables high flexibility and the best of both the online and offline worlds.

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