New findings in a report from The Open University outline future trends which will impact on education and teaching in the next decade. The Innovating Pedagogy report cites productive failure, formative analytics and design thinking amongst the top ten developments for the sector over the next ten years.
The 2016 report is compiled in collaboration with National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, to give an international perspective on the future of Higher Education.
Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, who is lead author of this year’s report, says: “Trying to ‘fail successfully’ sounds like a contradiction in terms but it’s an effective way to learn. Students can gain deeper understanding by exploring a topic before they are taught it. Looking at why something fails and analysing how to respond to this is a practical skill and something employers will value. In a similar vein, analysing a student’s performance to predict failure or success is going to be a big trend as educational establishments develop their student support using big data.”
Professor Chee Kit Looi, Head of the Learning Sciences Lab, NIE, said: “NIE has been conducting ongoing research in many school-based pedagogical interventions to prepare students in Singapore to be future-ready, including the nurturing of 21st century skills. These include orchestrating collaborative learning in the classroom with formative analytics, designing mobile inquiry science learning activities to promote self-directed learning, and promoting design thinking of students in makerspaces.”
Top Three trends
• Productive failure
• Formative analytics
Up to February 2016, 70,000 Open University students had been supported by this programme and the next stage is to build a ‘recommender’ which will give tutors ideas on remedial action.
• Design thinking
An Open University project using this principle is RE:FORM - "Reimagining Education for the Future Of Redistributed Manufacturing". OU design students work remotely over the internet with distant trainee fabrication learners ('makers') based in MAKLab, Glasgow, to collaboratively design and build full scale chair prototypes that are fabricated using industrial CNC routers.