Education is evolving at a high speed and the impact on educational institutions is huge. Today students are expected to be tech savvy and work ready as soon as they graduate and it is up to training providers to meet these needs.
New learning models, technology based training and industry collaboration are some of the ways role players are preparing students for the new world of work.
Boston City Campus and Business College highlights five major changes currently at play in the educational landscape and why we need them.
1) Learning with mobility
Learning anyplace and anytime is the new buzz phrase at Boston, inspired by the needs of employed learners as well as learners with geographical mobility concerns. Online learning saves time -which can be used more productively in the home or in the workplace, - by reducing daily travel. It also saves travel costs. It also allows learners to learn at their own pace.
2) Technology based training boosts control
This means that you stop and start as you process new concepts. It gives you time to properly understand the concepts, preventing huge gaps in skills and knowledge that can occur when a lecturer moves on before the whole class has understood. The importance of this control should not be underestimated, and this control is what has improved the academic success of Boston graduates.
3) Institutions maintain relationships with corporate and industry
“There is rising crescendo about whether the education curriculum has been reformed enough to make graduates employable. A purely academic qualification is no longer particularly relevant to someone who, for instance, wants to become an entrepreneur”. (IAfrica.com). Boston continually liaises with industry to make sure graduates meet skills demands, and reacts positively to feedback from companies by way of adapting curriculums where necessary. WIL (Workplace learning) is a module included in qualifications where earners have to seek and perform specified duties in a workplace giving them realtime workplace experience.
4) Opening the pathways for private providers
It has been established and played out on a public platform that public universities simply cannot meet the educational demands of industry or of the learners. Private universities such as Boston adapt teaching methodology, curriculum and fee payments and even day-to-day personal contact to ensure their learners needs are met. They therefore have a vastly higher throughput rate.
5) The concept of Life-long learning
In the past life-long learning was primarily practiced in the IT field, it now applies to every industry and every profession. An ever-changing economy and diverse workplace both culturally as well as skills based creates the need for people to continually upgrade their skills in order to improve promotion potential as well as to simply remain relevant in the workplace.
6) Employers positioned to demand greater competence
Universities have to include soft skills such as time management as well as excellent ICT skills, no matter the trade or profession. Learners must broaden their skills base, and if the skills are not included in their qualifications they must seek them elsewhere as add ons such as through Boston Connect. Vocational skills are increasingly being valued over and above theoretical qualifications.