Back to School Time: Broadview University is Already in Full Swing
Published on August 24, 2015 by Karen Newmeyer
The emphasis is on education, with elementary and secondary schools starting up. Does education stop with “compulsory” education requirements? Georgetown University estimates that by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require higher education or training. But what does that mean? Traditional university education has come increasingly under attack as expensive and failing to teach critical employment skills.
The hot leading trend in education for 2015, as identified by Online Learning Insights, are:
- Skill Specific Education
- Social Learning
Skill specific education focuses on students acquiring measurable skills in a specific topic, whereas the focus of traditional education is measured by class time and grades. The significance of such a program to “nontraditional” students is profound. Nontraditional students need more than theory—they need skills.
Social learning is described as learning through peer collaboration. “The aim [of social learning] is to engage thousands of people in productive discussions and the creation of shared projects, so together they share experience and build on their previous knowledge.”* Much of learning comes from sources other than the educational institution. Social learning prepares graduates for the workplace by teaching teamwork skills.
Learning-on-the-go is essential in today’s world of connectivity. The educational world is looking at mobile apps as a way to put learning-on-the-go into hands of students. While nothing new, the increasing wealth of new educational apps is growing daily. Students no longer need to be bound by a physical location for learning.
What do I want professionally and what is the best way to get there?
“For many youths, vocational school is preferable to college. Americans need to appreciate that training to become a master auto mechanic, paramedic, or skilled electrician is as valuable to society as a cultural-anthropology or feminist-studies curriculum.”*
At Broadview University, the focus is on learning employable skills. Student collaboration, applied learning methods, and using real-life experience to teach, help our graduates integrate into the work force. Our iPad initiative is leading the way among educational institutions by using technology to teach and connect. We are riding the trends in preparing our graduates to lead the way in their respective fields of study.