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Here, I will discuss topics, and current trends on open, online, flexible and technology enabled/enhanced learning (OOFAT), including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Open Educational resourses (OER), Open Educational Practice (OEP, and Open Educational Culture (OEC). In addition I will discuss current trends and news related to quality, innovation, serendipity, rhizome learning, agility, and leadership.

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New trends and innovations for 2019

Over the last year, educational innovators around the world have predicted trends and innovations in education and teaching and learning. The definitions of student success, personalized approaches, and wholly new models of school and educational organizations have also been re-defined. For many, the very real challenges of change management and discovering ways to promote scale with quality dominated 2018.

Looking ahead, Clayton Christiansen Institute (The director of education research Julie Freeland Fisher, 8 January 2019) is watching for five big ideas in 2019, Read more here

Another prospective report is the seventh report Innovative Pedagogy, produced by The Open University in collaboration with the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway, proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not had a profound influence on education in their current form. Read more here.

The themes for this year 2019 are:

Clayton Christiansen Institute (The director of education research Julie Freeland Fisher

  1. Unbundle’ what we mean by SEL. Social-emotional learning. Soft Skills. Habits of mind. These critical but sometimes elusive ideas have gotten their fair share of love over the past year.
  2.  Commit to threading the coherent curriculum needle. To strike a balance between the tradeoffs of modular and flexible versus integrated and coherent approaches to curriculum
  3.  Pair disruptive business models and new content in teacher prep. The first is the rise of disruptive business models throughout postsecondary education that leverage online, competency-based instructional models and student-centered business models to disrupt the traditional lockstep approach to 4-year degrees.
  4. Build next-gen CTE models…or not? 2018 was a banner year for Career Technical Education (CTE), in large part due to the reauthorization of the Perkins Act in a rare bipartisan miracle on the Hill. This year I’ll be looking for wholly new approaches to CTE, particularly those leveraging online learning or innovative staffing to break through traditional limitations in how students’ access coursework and who serves as CTE instructors.
  5. Put relationships at the center. School system leaders who are tackling the social side of opportunity through integrated student supports real-world authentic feedback, near-peer mentoring programs, and place-based instructional approaches. I’m also excited to watch entrepreneurs who are building tools that put more relationships within reach for young people. Perhaps most crucial for these innovations to take hold is that technology and relationships not be seen as inherently at odds with one another.
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Ebba Ossiannilsson is an e-learning expert and consultant with a range of research interests in the use of digital technologies for learning, teaching and research.
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