Principal of ACS Distance Education, John Mason, looks at the current changes in education from an Australian perspective.
many parts of the higher education industry are in turmoil, this does
not mean all of the industry is in decline as a whole. Some parts of the
industry are experiencing rapid growth.
How then can the industry evolve as a whole to suit learners and employer demands?
Is there a skills gap in classroom teachers who are now conducting online training?
teachers being thrown into online learning have a steep learning curve
to deliver effective online content and effective learning. How can they
transition to this modality and continue to ensure students are
motivated and participating in quality learning? Are traditional
educational facilities equipped to deliver online learning?
of this has changed. In the past, people may have taken a course or
trained in a specific career, such as accountancy or carpentry. But today, it is common for people to have three or more, retraining several times as they move from one career to another.
The UK Government recently announced that they are cutting
funding for over 5000 further education courses due to poor attendance
numbers. You could think that these courses are being cut because they
are niche courses, but they include courses such as hair dressing,
agriculture, horticulture, performing arts, cooking and horse care. In
the modern world, we still need the people who are able to grow our
crops and tend to our plants. We still need people who are knowledgeable
about animals and their care.