IDC’s Worldwide Education 2020 Predictions

Explore IDC's top 10 global predictions for education in 2020 and beyond, straight from the latest IDC FutureScape.
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This blog lists the top 10 worldwide predictions for Worldwide Education. These technology predictions are meant to help the enterprise with strategic planning within a typical five-year business planning cycle.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the education team learned a valuable lesson: data and opinions can manifest in multiple ways, especially in today’s massively exploding data landscape. The survive-or-die challenges that all global digital organizations face mandates the ability to be effectively aware and making critical decisions leveraging hyper-critical data.

We realized much of the misunderstanding stems from the lack of sufficient skills-maturity in “digital media and information literacy” (as defined in IDC Education’s skills framework- Engaging others effectively in a digital society. The ability to understand, inquire, create, communicate and think critical in digital landscapes, and the competency to effectively access, organize, analyse, evaluate, and create messages in a variety of forms]. To this end we are committed to bring our digital skills framework out to market to engage not just IT professionals, but also non-IT professionals who are increasingly making decisions on IT procurement and use.

As a recognized global advisory and consulting team, we are committed to bring our evidence-and-outcomes-based insights into highlighting the opportunities and red-flags of a rapidly transforming education market. Today, the worldwide digital learning space is no longer a small industry.

In fact, flexible and modular learning has become highly popular over the last decade, brought about by Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs, be it for K-12 and higher education levels, or for corporate and specialist (e.g., medical) training. From 2020 onward, with the promise of the “new internet” via 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), 3D printing, and next-generation security technologies, will drive new digital education use cases.

IDC expects to see lifelong learning and development needs becoming extraordinarily commonplace. Key use case developments for the upcoming years around smart digital content will be in interactive video-based learning content, engaging and immersive learning solutions, as well as more modular and micro learning.

Campus administrations will additionally be stretched to deliver service productivity, ensure accountability and digital equity, and enhance experiences related to out-of-classroom learning and campus space transformations while maintaining safe and secured campus operations for all. Therefore, the approach of ‘knowing more’ for enhanced decision-making will be further pursued rather than on a need-to-know or uninformed traditional practices.

IDC’s worldwide education 2020 top 10 predictions are:

  • Prediction 1: By 2024, 5G will transform 15% of classrooms, with more immersive lessons and real-time feedback, swift access to content and content creation, and more out-of-classroom learning.
  • Prediction 2: By 2020, 25% of higher education institutions will invest in 5G innovation hubs to test the usability and commercial viability of emerging technologies and create training programs with “live” demo studios.
  • Prediction 3: By 2022, 30% of tertiary institutions will enable end-to-end cashless payments across a wide range of goods and services, including tuition fees, elearning, merchandise, and donations.
  • Prediction 4: By 2023, 20% of K-12 national education systems will recognize the value of alternative learning channels and start including them into nationwide omni-learning marketplaces leveraged by public schools.
  • Prediction 5: By 2023, the use of blockchain offerings to verify skills, qualifications, and work experience will be leveraged by 20% of tertiary institutions.
  • Prediction 6: In response to the increasing importance of digital learning, 30% of the teaching staff will periodically undergo skills upgrade programs by 2023 to fully use digital transformation (DX) learning methods.
  • Prediction 7: To boost learning for students, by 2024 40% of education will be taught by AI systems that are personalized and adaptive in instructions with a focus on solving complex real-life challenges.
  • Prediction 8: By 2022, 30% of tertiary schools will deploy automated digital school master scheduling systems to reduce class scheduling errors to cope with admin inefficiencies and increasing operational burdens.
  • Prediction 9: By 2021, 30% of schools will embrace 3D printing to enhance learning experiences with more tangible visualization and physical illustrations, which will promote improved science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) problem-solving skills.
  • Prediction 10: By 2020, 40% of schools will invest in physical security, such as visitor management systems and closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs), as well as step up next-generation cybersecurity efforts to boost campus-wide safety.

For more context and deeper insights around these and any of our other worldwide technology predictions, click here to explore our IDC FutureScape Web Conferences.

You can find full context around these predictions in the newly published document, IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Education 2020 Predictions (#AP44343519) on

Head of Asia Pacific Public Sector