What are the new trends in higher education?

The solid professional competence added to the technological changes and the communications revolution also impacts higher education, which faces significant challenges in keeping up with this changing context.
Universities must be prepared to train young people ready to enter an increasingly demanding and changing world of work that demands innovation, creativity and critical thinking. There is a revolution in higher education, and a significant area that is being examined is also that of vocation. Where are our graduates projecting to? It’s a very valid question. Higher education has not been questioned for many years. It is essential to review the process, the purpose and the vocation. And examine the skills that need to be trained in future professionals. Learn more about the new trends in higher education in this article. trends-education-higher
The student as a centre
The first thing that needs to change for a Moderna education is to place the student as the centre of learning. Not asking ourselves as teachers, “what am I going to teach?” but, “What are my students going to learn today?” This change of approach can make a big difference, as the way the learning model is designed will depend on this. This new design implies moving from planning teaching activities to learning activities.
For this, higher education teachers must be very clear about the objective their students must achieve, how they will demonstrate it, and what resources and materials will be necessary to achieve this learning objective. In this way, priority is given to the sequence of activities that the student must follow, and the movement of the teacher goes to the background.
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New curriculum management
The increase in demand for higher education comes accompanied by new markets. Students expect training linked to the world of work and the needs that it demands. A general competency-oriented education that recognizes and considers the fundamental problems of the context and is appropriate to the characteristics of the students is expected. How do we achieve this? Through effective management of a curriculum in line with these demands.
Curriculum management is the effective implementation of the team’s policies, procedures, and practices (director and teachers) to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the teaching-learning process.
This new curriculum should consider content that engages students in critical thinking, problem-solving, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaboration. In addition, students can relate their education to real-world situations using project-based learning, challenges and questions.
Information technology management
ICTs represent an opportunity and a challenge since they mean a task to find a use that collaborates towards a more inclusive society that fosters collaboration, creativity, and knowledge distribution. Digital transformation cannot be alien to classrooms in universities. Instead, technology should be a tool to bring young people closer to the real world they will be in contact with when they graduate.
Thanks to ICT, classroom management will no longer be only the teacher’s task; virtual classrooms will allow greater collaboration between students and will allow having the teacher closer.
Given this, it is necessary to recognize the multiple factors that intervene in the teacher’s performance, which affect their students’ performance. And on the other hand, to remember, multiply and enhance those learning experiences that ICTs enable, allow or improve concerning traditional teaching practices.
In addition, these tools will allow better monitoring and measurement of class objectives. ICT offers a wide variety of innovative opportunities for monitoring the learning of each student and the performance of teachers and educational systems.
The Master’s Degree in Education with a mention in Teaching in Higher Education from the Graduate School of the Universidad Continental aims to develop competencies for curriculum management. Thus you will be able to regulate teaching-learning processes within the quality of education in university and non-university higher education. Furthermore, you will have an updated vision and global trends, applying theoretical-practical and innovative tools in teaching-learning processes.

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