Emerging Trends

Emerging & Current Trends in Online Learning

Graduation is one of the most important milestones in a student’s life. Being able to celebrate and commemorate such a milestone is a once in a lifetime occasion. Colleges and universities that offer students the ability to attend a commencement ceremony and walk across the stage to accept their diploma is what determines where they matriculate. Today there are many ways a student can have that moment without feeling like they have compromised an important moment in their life. Streaming ceremonies, live webinars, pre-recorded videos, and even graduations in multiple locations are new trends that colleges and universities have adopted for their distance learners. 

Waldner, L., McDaniel, D., & Esteves, T. (2019). eCelebrations: Virtual Graduations to Celebrate Online Students. Retrieved December 7, 2019, from https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/fall223/waldner_mcdaniel_esteves223.html.

As gaming becomes more popular colleges and universities are creating teams of student gamers. Since gaming is not an official major at most colleges and universities, a curriculum will need to be created for those students who are interested. In a 2018 study completed by Bovermann, Weidlich, and Bastiaens they found a “significant positive correlation was also found between self-reported attitudes towards gaming and the dimension of coping of study-satisfaction.” In addition, “some students reported autonomous motivation, despite having expressed a rather dismissive attitude towards playing online and computer games in general.” (Bovermann, Weidlich, and Bastiaens 2018)

Bovermann, K., Weidlich, J., & Bastiaens, T. (2018). Online learning readiness and attitudes towards gaming in gamified online learning – a mixed methods case study: Revista de universidad y sociedad del conocimiento. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 15, 1-17. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.regent.edu:2048/10.1186/s41239-018-0107-0