Two trends/challenges facing higher education are a rise of the competency-based education framework and advances in technology for today and moving forward. While the former trend/challenge is more so with higher education as a whole, the real challenge with both is more directly with the educators. As tenured, aging educators face the reality of what’s around the corner, I believe the questions to be addressed are: Are they ready for the change and will they be able to adapt? Will higher education institutions properly adjust to the possibility of even fewer people in the brick and mortar setting and more in the virtual learning space?
Not only do these challenges come from technology, but more so how the students are going to use it. The rise of online courses, shorter/more inviting competency-based learning platforms and freedom within the parameters of learning pace (faster/slower) are not likely to drop in their