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Trends in the new world of education: Download the new eBook

Emerging trends in new world of educationEducational institutions are responding to challenges that have become more complicated since the start of the pandemic. New learning models, declining enrollments, rising health and safety costs, and cuts in public funding are forcing education leaders to rethink ways to deliver quality education in a more cost-effective, agile, and scalable way. Despite these challenges, educators report that technology has made it easier—and faster—to innovate, and to meet students’ evolving needs. In this recently released paper, learn the seven trends in the new world of education that most commonly arise during our interactions with customers and education leaders, and how the cloud can help.

The biggest trend is the rise of online, flexible learning, which offers students more freedom in shaping their learning experience. To enhance teaching and personalized education, educators can use technology to help engagement and how students connect with content. One of the concerns associated with more online learning and lack of social interaction among students is its potential effect on the mental health of students and faculty. In fact, a recent survey of 300 university presidents by the American Council on Education identifies student mental health as a primary concern. One of the solutions is setting up hotlines and chatbots, which help reduce the administrative burden of increasing call volume and enable health professionals to spend more time with students. For example, the Los Angeles Unified School District in the US set up a cloud-based call center to provide mental health support to students and families a few days after the outbreak.

Academic institutions are also adjusting their offerings to enhance learner employability, especially in this time of economic recession and increasing unemployment. To address this employment crisis, some countries cut public spending on universities. In parallel, industry continues to face a shortage in skills needed for today’s jobs—both specialized as well as what many call “employability skills,” i.e. communication, teamwork, and adaptability, among others. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a range of training and certification resources to universities and colleges including AWS Educate, AWS Academy, and AWS re/Start. AWS Educate is Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning and help power the entrepreneurs, workforce, and researchers of tomorrow. AWS Academy and AWS re/Start also help nurture global IT talent around the world. The paper also explores innovative use cases in assessment and research, among other trends.

Download “Emerging Trends in the New World of Education” to learn more about how the cloud is helping organizations drive student objectives and outcomes. To hear it straight from customers, EdTech leaders, and educationalists, sign up for IMAGINE: The New World of Education, a webinar series that explores the challenges and opportunities that education institutions around the world face.

Maysam Ali

Maysam Ali

Maysam Ali is senior program manager for international education at Amazon Web Services (AWS), based in Washington, DC. Previously, she was global content lead for the AWS Institute.