Trends in Education 2020: An Outlook

With 2019 drawing to a close, let’s have a look at which trends might have an impact on global education in 2020.

With 2019 drawing to a close, let’s have a look at which trends might have an impact on global education in 2020.
Trends shaping education in 2020

Over the last few years, two megatrends have strongly influenced the development of global education and its standards. Digitalization and Globalization have been the main forces to drive new developments in teaching and research, but were also creating immense challenges for secondary and tertiary education, as well as for academia. Having a look at the increase of higher education as a market through the Massification of Education[1] and the fast growing EdTech industry, it’s quite safe to predict that Digitalization and Globalization will continue to impact education in 2020 and beyond.

Digitalization And Artificial Intelligence: Technologies Beyond The Whiteboard

The age of digital change and disruption has already dawned before 2019. Millions of books, papers and resources have been online and accessible for almost decades. On the hardware side, students and teachers alike use whiteboards, laptops and tablets. Information architecture and Learning Management Systems played an increasingly important role before – but what will gain even more importance in 2020 will be what many refer to as ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Machine Learning’.

These technologies will increasingly support educators in ‘outsourcing’ certain tasks to a software, while freeing up precious time for either research, nurturing students – or even both.

Globalization And Interconnectivity: Effects Of The Gig Economy On Education

More and more students are enrolling into tertiary education programs in countries that are not their birth country. Given their cultural backgrounds, these students will add different and diverse aspects to learning, teaching and research at educational organizations worldwide. This is something that academia will benefit from immensely.

On the other hand, studying abroad will put immense pressure on students’ mental health to perform well, and to graduate. Especially the contract cheating industry will profit from this pressure. The combination of the increasing number of enrolled students with the growing availability of ghostwriters offering their services online, will be a massive threat to upholding the general quality of education per se.

Opportunities To Shape Education in 2020 are plenty

If digital tools like plagiarism detection and authorship verification software, grading tools, and Learning Management Systems (LMS) are used in a smart way, they can automate time-consuming tasks and processes, and help to detect students that need to be nurtured and fostered.

In the end, Artificial Intelligence is – as the name suggests – artificial. It’s our turn to use it as a tool to free up time that can be dedicated to the education of mankind.


[1]  Calderon, Angel. (2018). Massification of higher education revisited.

About Verena Gehrmann

Verena is our fierce defender of Academic Integrity. She pointed out that everybody should have the same chances to develop themselves, regardless of their backgrounds and that education plays an important role in equality. The open-minded native German branched out to another continent to explore a new culture when she studied in Tübingen, Beijing, and Taipei. She stayed in Taipei for four more years, developing marketing and branding strategies for different IT markets around the globe.

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