Online learning’s advances, concerns, distractors, and promising developments in 2021

February 4, 2021
A new article from Contact North | Contact Nord describes online learning’s advances, concerns, distractors, and promising developments in 2021. The article describes how online learning will likely see more of a focus on using AI for instruction, reimagining assessments, and see more people taking open online courses. However, online learning continues to raise concerns such as the ineffective use of Zoom, cheating, and a lack of investment in professional development. Contact North writes that they anticipate that 2021 will likely see distractions from the mission of online education, such as debates over in-person vs online education, and advises readers to watch closely for developments in AI/virtual and augmented reality for immersive learning. Finally, it describes how online education’s development and growth will depend on access to broadband internet and technology, a boom in micro-credentials, and the emergence of new delivery approaches. Contact North (National)