Education technology predictions for 2021 and this decade

Hello Program Management colleagues,

Have you been reading any good education technology predictions for 2021 and this decade? If so, please let us know which ones you find of particular interest or relevance for adult basic skills education. For example, from this education predictions article in University world News by Marguerite Dennis, I found these of particular interest:

• Students, faculty and staff will travel with Digital Health passports, verifying their COVID-19 test results.

• Students will attend school year-round in some combination of online and in person instruction.

• An increasing proportion of higher education enrollments will come from company-sponsored, short-term certificate programs and boot camps.

• Enrollments in certificate programs, for example Google Career Certificates and Microsoft’s global skills initiative, among others, will increase.

• Transcripts will list competencies earned in courses along with grades.

• Some colleges and universities will cease operations. Others will merge with both national and international partners.

Which, if any, do you think might also apply to adult basic skills (including ESOL/ESL) programs and adult schools?

Should adult basic skills programs issue "transcripts" with the competencies students have been able to demonstrate?

David J. Rosen, Moderator

LINCS Community, Integrating Technology group