Here is a list of the most important innovations in the future of higher education.
- Online learning, for instance, already existed. Still, the Covid19 pandemic just accelerated what was about to come: entirely new learning and teaching methods involving blended or fully online courses for everyone. Historically speaking, universities and colleges were primarily structured upon high taxes due to student campuses and in-person classes. But now that the higher education institutions must adapt themselves to new online courses, these rates cannot be so high anymore. Most students expected that the online university and college courses were entirely free or had at least a lower price. Besides, where they did not, enrolment rates decreased.
- Students also need more hybrid ways of teaching and learning. This does not only mean the availability of fully online taught and blended courses but also a range of services such as online material, tutoring and similar facilities. Moreover, if the quality of education is low, then online learning will not improve it. Therefore, higher education institutions should reconsider their pedagogical approaches by helping their staff, scholars, and educators adapt to these new changes. Coaching and training staff and improving the overall quality of teaching methods and materials are undoubtedly steps.
- Speaking of services, the support universities and colleges provide students must evolve. For instance, higher education institutions must improve coaching for first-year students and everyone else. It should not only be academic, but it should involve coaching in the means of personal growth. Moreover, while before the pandemic outbroke, there were already many students with difficulties, now the situation is even worse. When there is no time or chance of disconnecting from work or study, especially in minor cases, people are more likely to become stressed. Therefore, universities and colleges should also provide psychological counselling service, if not free, for less money than usual.
- Lastly, higher education institutions must adapt their programs for the high-demanding job market world. Shorter and more practice-centred courses will now be evaluated as something that was not so before. The problem of “ageing” educational institutions is that they provide generic courses with no will to concentrate on their student’s needs. They do not offer their students proper education, and they often lack facilities. Nowadays, higher education institutions with this kind of mindset are most likely not going to survive. The first thing that a higher education institution should ask itself is what exactly does it want its students to pursue? And it is by answering that question that universities and colleges must adopt. They should resemble more career-oriented courses where skills are developed through internships and real-world scenarios. Of course, theory and generic courses are essential, but they should not be taught in a university or a college.
ASOMI College of Sciences guarantees to have all these aspects of new and revolutionary higher education institutions: online and blended courses, online materials, student support, internships, and research for properly preparing its students for their future careers.