Educating today’s digital natives — including today’s millennials and Generation Z — requires a new paradigm of pedagogy. In fact, Marc Prensky, inventor of the term “digital natives,” hypothesized that the massive proliferation of digital technology globally in the last two decades has changed the way students deliberate and assimilate information, making it hard for them to excel academically if schools still use the outmoded pedagogy methods of days gone by. Therefore, students raised in a digital, media-saturated ecosystem require media-rich digital content to learn effectively.
This causes conflicts between digital natives and the non–digital natives. In general, assuming contexts where the socioeconomic ecosystem is not isolated from digital assimilation, it is noted that, while non-digital natives struggle to assimilate their skills into an increasingly technology-driven world, the younger generation of digital natives tend to demonstrate fluent competencies in the language of computers, videos, video games, social media, and other sites on the internet.
IDC’s Worldwide Education 2019 Top 10 Predictions are:
- Prediction 1: By 2022, 10% of student digital IDs will include blockchain to improve campus-wide physical access security and online verification and access to student administrative, academic, and medical records.
- Prediction 2: By 2020, 30% of education ministries and institutions globally will leverage AI monitoring tools to safety-proof digital classrooms and hold online aggressors and criminal behaviors accountable.
- Prediction 3: By 2023, virtual and immersive blended-learning solutions will be deployed through AR/VR to transform learning, interactions, and collaborations within 20% of education institutions internationally.
- Prediction 4: By 2019, student-driven learning approaches will be leveraged by 35% of institutions globally to enable 360-degree personalized curricula development that is both student-led and AI-enabled.
- Prediction 5: By 2023, flipped classrooms and peer learning will drive the development of next-generation digital classrooms in 50% of institutions globally, where such learning techniques are increasingly practiced.
- Prediction 6: By 2022, 25% of education institutions worldwide will invest in teacher-parent and teacher-student portals to manage “out-of-classroom” interactions and engagements, notably at pre-university levels.
- Prediction 7: By 2019, increasingly digitized education resources, cloud-based applications, and lightweight hardware devices will transform 30% of classrooms globally into next-generation virtual classrooms.
- Prediction 8: By 2021, tertiary institutions without digital learning and online accreditation will continually lose 5% of their student enrolment numbers annually to massive open online course (MOOC) platforms.
- Prediction 9: By 2022, the federated cloud offerings supported by governments will be used by 20% of universities worldwide, both within participating universities and across other tertiary institutions.
- Prediction 10: By 2020, 50% of governments will address skill-set shortages due to DX through digital curriculum emphasis in K-12 and tertiary levels, and through lifelong learning initiatives for existing workforce.
An education IT initiative is not about how many cutting-edge devices or intelligent solutions will be in next year’s budget. The focus should be on discovering and attaining strategic educational outcomes, all enabled by digital innovations. Solutions that boost new teaching pedagogies, enhance student learning, and include growing stakeholder involvement such as parents or alumni participation, for instance, will increasingly be pursued. Education institutions need to fully understand outcomes-based deliberations when using new digital technologies. This is because an industry-ready workforce of the future is one that requires change-resilient agile mindsets that constantly seek up-skilling and up-tooling developments while balancing independent and collaborative learning habits in equal measure.
For context around these predictions, including the IT impact and guidance on how to integrate each prediction in the digital strategy of the enterprise, view the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Education 2019 Predictions web conference on-demand.