This year, education systems throughout the world were flipped upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a massive shift in how students are learning and how educators are teaching.

Now, millions of students are learning remotely and teachers are suddenly adapting their teaching plans and techniques.

As we close the chapter on 2020, education experts, parents, and students, are questioning what will 2021 bring in terms of educating K-12 students.

Here are five predictions for learning in 2021:

1. The Growing Importance of Learning Analytics

COVID-19’s disruption to education has really highlighted the importance of learning analytics. As we know, the majority of students around the world lost a huge part of their 2019-2020 school year. This likely resulted in significant learning loss. By measuring the impact of learning loss through analytics, we can help educators and administrators track how far off grade level kids are and point them in the right direction of what they can do to get them back on track. As such, I believe we’ll see more and more learning analytics applied to teaching in the coming year and beyond.

5 learning trends COVID-19 will bring to 2021

2. An Increased Focus on Student Engagement

COVID-19 caused students to learn from home pretty much overnight. We then began to notice a significant shift in student engagement. In the U.S., before the lockdown, approximately 29 percent of students reported that they were “not engaged.” Then, at the beginning of May, more than 80 percent of teachers said that student motivation was lower than it had been pre-lockdown.

About the Author:

Martin McKay is the founder and CEO of edtech company Texthelp and has worked with teachers, schools, and districts for more than 20 years.