The transformation of Catholic education has accelerated in 2021.
Over the past two years, Catholic schools served students in ways other schools could not. The creativity and adaptability of these schools in the face of Covid-19 continues, and the way we deliver Catholic education is fundamentally changing as schools work out how to meet the flexible and digital-learning experiences many students and families now desire.
Looking forward to 2022, we can expect Covid-19 to remain a part of our lives, and it will continue to impact education. As always, making forecasts is a dicey exercise, but here are our three predictions for 2022:
- The growth of hybrid education models, where students learn through both in-person and online instruction, will continue. Schools will utilize online options to offer specialized courses, access world class programs, and fill teacher gaps.
- With the increasing demand for online courses and programs, investment in course development and improving the student online experience will increase. Schools have moved way beyond “zooming” teachers from classrooms into homes. New data on how students learn in hybrid settings, and options for virtual faith formation, will drive enhancements in online programs and increase efficiency in school operations.
- Families will continue to want and expect flexibility in scheduling, course availability, and personalized learning, including at-home options. Small schools, including Catholic ones, are well positioned to adapt to parents’ changing expectations.
These are our thoughts, but we invite you to use the comments section to share with us your predictions for education in 2022.
At Catholic Virtual, we’re dedicated to partnering with Catholic schools across the globe to enhance the education and formation of students in a rapidly changing world. Please reach out to us for further information or to continue the discussion.
Rob Birdsell, President
Tom Burnford, Executive Vice President