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Latest trends in Higher Education | Riding High on Design

Learn more about the latest industry trends in higher education– Multidisciplinary, Immersive & Experiential learning that will set your career on the right course.

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While ‘Designing’ has been one of the most talked-about concepts in the arts, entertainment, fashion, and architecture industries, the stream has picked up great steam in the past two decades. Today, we have a variety of design courses on offer that has helped put a spotlight on ‘Designing’ as a profession.

Innovative mechanisms have been devised to illustrate and inculcate teaching related to design among the students opting for higher education and experiential education is one such way.

Also Read: New Possibilities of Career in Design

What is Experiential Learning?

As the name suggests, Experiential learning is all about doing a task and gaining knowledge from its execution. Experiential education refers to the learning acquired outside a traditional classroom setting.

In most cases, it includes fieldwork, public performances, studio practice, and getting hands-on experiences, in addition to the regular tools like internships, mentored research, studies, and classroom sessions.

Such experiences help students gain useful insights about the professional world, future career,s and developing requisite skills.

Latest trends in Higher Education

1. Learning by Examples

There is an increasing realization among educators that by merely watching or listening to lectures or even reading from textbooks, does not lead to knowledge retention. It merely creates the illusion of learning.

Students pursuing higher education engage in hands-on activities and understand concepts more clearly and finds it easier to apply in their real life.

Most Design colleges today have specialized labs – innovation incubators, where innovators (faculty, students, or others from outside) can work individually or collaboratively on projects in a supportive environment and develop creative solutions for real-life issues.

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2. Personalized Learning

Personalization is one of the defining trends of the digital economy that is slowly reshaping the education sector. This approach allows for individualized learning and alternate modes of assessment. 

It supports a faster or slower pace as per the individual’s capabilities and allows student mobility across streams and institutions.

Also Read: How to triple your results with the Pomodoro Technique?

3. Concept of Open Electives

Almost all higher education institutes organize their calendar around fixed-length terms with fixed credit hours to determine faculty workloads and student course loads, expecting students to complete a major part by choosing a certain number of prescribed courses.

Not all students, however, share the same goals and priorities.  Such optimized pathways with a career-aligned curriculum and learning objectives work well for some students, while other students may want the opportunity to explore uncharted territories. Open electives allow all this and more.

Typically, these open elective courses are interdisciplinary, addressing issues in art, aesthetics, literature, ethics, moral and political philosophy, etc.

Open electives treat students as life-long partners, who will turn to their alma mater as and when they need to re-learn or upgrade their skills. 

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4. Campuses without Walls

The rigid division of campuses into schools and higher education programs; the divide between curricular and extra-curricular, between theories and the practical are all things of the past.

The new trend is to have campuses seamlessly integrate into their surroundings – nearby schools, workplaces, the community in which it is located, and other institutions providing higher education in the state, country, and around the world.

Campuses without walls encourage collaboration across institutional boundaries, thus creating solver communities or communities of practice.

Also Read: PC for Education – the most viable tool for learning

The real challenge in higher education!

Among the biggest challenges the in-design industry currently is to ensure that all students have access to the opportunities that will help them realize their potential and ambitions.

Upcoming universities like the World University of Design, with their specialized courses for higher education, offer multidisciplinary, immersive & experiential education thereby helping students to be future-ready.

It increases the likelihood that students will be able to use throughout their lives the knowledge, critical abilities, and habits acquired during their studies. Such a change does not happen automatically or easily.

The faculty members at WUD are specially equipped to inculcate experiential education into their curriculum and assess the learning outcomes of these experiences.

Together we are committed to fostering a culture of experiential education to ensure the quality of knowledge we impart that further helps our students in becoming better human beings and sound professionals.

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By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, World University of Design


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