22 Trends for 2022

To kick off 2022 in style, Mike Palmer and Virtual CoHost Nancy run through Trending in Ed’s 22 Trends for 2022. Here they are:

22 Trends for 2022


  • Social Justice and Racial Equity
  • Backlash
  • Polarization and Politicization
  • Parent Educators
  • Teachers Under Siege
  • Kahnification of Education


  • Great Snapback
  • The Bartleby Scrivener Effect
  • Digital Nomads
  • Class Outside


  • Decentralization
  • VUCA+
  • In Media Res
  • False Scarcity
  • Long Life Learning


  • Make to Know
  • Next-Level Storytelling
  • Simulearning
  • Social Emotional Health
  • Hustle
  • Nesting
  • Vulnerable Virtues

We explore all of this through the lens of the hero’s quest in the world of learning. We begin with trends that look at who are the players in the world of education and how that cast of characters is transforming. Then we move to the trends related to learning contexts (when/where) before digging into how the new state of play is emerging and how it presents new challenges and opportunities for all of us. We conclude with trends relating to designing solutions to the many quandaries that are presented.

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