Trends in Adult Education


  1. Student driven personalized learning – learners have choice in how they learn and which learning path best meets their needs, as well as having input in course content. This trend is in part driven by technology such as apps and mobile devices.
  1. Alternative credentialing or alternative assessment of learning from non-traditional programs such as having a degree awarded for taking Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). This trend is growing due to employer and government support, as well as changes in technology and an increase in non-traditional students seeking education.
  1. New learning space and teaching model experimentation is growing with more focus on student centered learning and creation of non-traditional learning spaces which create space for blended and active learning such as Purdue University’s IMPACT program (see picture in the article).. The evolving digital culture and government pressures to lower educational costs are a few of the drivers of this trend.

This publication, written by Debbie Morrison highlights 3 trends influencing learning and teaching in 2016


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