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Fascinating Education Trends for 2014

By Andy Nakatomi 

With 2013 now a thing of the past, it’s time to look forward to some fascinating trends in 2014. Technology is continuing to push the education industry to new heights and making high quality learning tools available to a growing pool of students. Here are a few of the biggest trends that we can expect to see in the “Year of the Horse”.

Non-Degree Certificates in Technology and Business

Know anybody with a college degree, but still can’t land a job? Employers in the modern job market are increasingly focused on finding candidates with marketable job skills and not just a degree. Students who pursue certificates will have verified job skills that employers can easily put too use.  Recruiters are typically much more focused on finding candidates with the right skills – not just the right degree. For example, large technology firms generally require job candidates to have a past record of performance in addition to the degree. A certificate can be a great addition to portfolio to increase the chances of landing a lucrative position. Here are some of the top certificates being offered by major universities. 

  • Digital Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resources
  • Computer Programming
  • Public Speaking

Online Education Growing Faster Than Ever 

It’s no surprise that online education is expected to continue growing in 2014. As many brick and mortar schools choose to offer fully online programs, it is possible that we will see double-digit growth in online college enrollment in the coming year. An improving job market will make it difficult for students to attend in-person classes and will choose online enrollment as a viable alternative. This is great news for existing students in online programs because it will bring greater diversity and participation to the classroom. In addition, students have the option to addend many free college level courses that do not lead to a degree, know as MOOC, or massively open online course. This can be a great way to facilitate continuing education with burning a hole in your wallet. 

Dynamic Collaboration Among Students 

One of the greatest challenges of online education collaboration is simply communication. When you’re disconnected from face-to-face interaction, it is easy to cut corners with communication. New education tools are making it increasingly simple to communicate via video, audio, and chat with an entire classroom of people. The benefits of this type of classroom extend to both students and instructors, who can collaborate in real time. In 2014, it is expected to that students will make stronger and deeper connections as new software hits the market.