Hybrid Formats and Psychological Education: What's in Store for Russian Education in 2023?
In Russia, people most of all believe in hybrid education and that the future of education lies in micro-qualification programs and a combination of study and practice. Such are the results of a study on the influence of global trends on Russian education conducted by the Laboratory of Educational Innovation at the Higher School of Economics together with Rosatom. This is the second time the study has been conducted.
To find out what innovations will come to education in 2023 and how much the Russian and European "visions of the future" coincide, researchers took the top 10 new global trends in teaching. These were identified by researchers from the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University (Great Britain) in cooperation with the Open University of Catalonia (Spain) and published in a report titled Innovating Pedagogy. Russian education is included in the global context, while retaining its specificity. Experts in Russian education, as well as students and schoolchildren, were asked to comment on which of the world trends our pedagogical community is already actively using, which have the potential for development in 2023, and which are less relevant for our country. A survey was also conducted among participants of the Contest of Innovations in Education (CIE). Global trends were evaluated by 370 innovators from 60 regions of Russia.
1. Hybrid learning
The combination of classroom and online learning is more often noted by innovators from large cities, especially among university employees. Experts warn, however, that without teacher training and the necessary technological infrastructure, for example, in villages, the hybrid format is not possible.
2. Micro-qualification programs.
More than half of those who chose this trend are innovators from big cities, mostly of mature age, rather than young people. The experts we surveyed predict growth of the trend for micro-qualification programs both globally and in Russia. In some professional spheres, such as programming, law or psychology, microlearning has become a standard long ago.
3. Combining theory and practice
Young innovators and male innovators more often point to the combination of learning and practice as an important trend for Russia. Experts note a steady development of this trend and emergence of new formats.
4. Education in social networks
While only a third of innovators chose this trend, experts consider it rather promising: gaining knowledge in social networks at the intersection of education and entertainment can fill the gaps of formal education and increase motivation to study. Most of us use blogs and social networks anyway, so teachers should take this trend into account and use it.
5. Autonomous pedagogy
This trend is more often noted by young innovators and respondents from small towns. Experts emphasize its importance especially for older students and adults. But when the educational trajectory is unique for each student, the question arises about the comparability of the qualifications obtained by them.
6. Education for psychological health
This trend was especially noted by female innovators and the youngest participants in the study (up to 21 years). This is consistent with the opinion of experts that older generations find it more difficult to recognize the importance of psychological help and literacy.
7. Home pedagogy
This trend has caused mixed attitudes among experts and students alike. On the one hand, it is important to take into account the home circumstances of the student, but on the other hand, active school intervention in the family space can harm the relationship among students, parents, and teachers. Useful consideration of the home environment is possible when education is individualized and resourced.
8. Watch Parties
Expert opinions split on this one. Some believe that watching and discussing films builds communication skills and understanding of art. Others argue that the student remains passive in this approach, and it is more useful for developing creative skills and critical thinking if students create videos or select videos together.
9. Reflecting Negative Emotions
This trend is especially often chosen by innovators under the age of 21. Experts noted that in Russia this trend is underdeveloped while highly relevant. It is related to the social-emotional skills of teachers and students and could help prevent school bullying and discrimination in society.
Walk-and-talk learning opportunities especially appeal to urban innovators and those working in supplemental education. Experts are skeptical about the idea of traditional walk-and-talk lessons, unless they involve preschoolers or very small groups of students. At the same time, for certain topics and disciplines, such as architecture or ecology, getting out of the classroom can be useful.