EdTech 2018 Trends That Continue To Impact Education
Online education in India will see approximately 8x growth in the next five years, says a recent report by Google. The Indian education sector is poised at an interesting juncture on the one hand, there is a growing focus on achieving learning outcomes, while on the other, edtech platforms are being adopted quickly and content is being rewritten and redesigned to adapt to a variety of emerging media.
Technology has clearly emerged as the single biggest theme to impact the sector in the last few years. The advent of digitally enabled classrooms, cloud-based content, eBooks and online assessments among others have enabled our education system to reach an inflection point.
Let us check how Ed Tech has propelled the education system in India.
1. Virtual And Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality(VR) immerses the user in a virtual or imaginary environment. The life like experience provided will help the learners immerse themselves in subjects as diverse as history and chemistry.
Augmented Reality(AR), on the other hand, is a technology used to present an enhanced version of reality where elements of the physical real-world environment are augmented with digital learning experiences. AR/VR technologies help learners experience and interact with digital learning objects to support their learning.
Educators, who earlier used print, digital images and animations for teaching support, now can leverage these high-fidelity educational experiences to achieve better learning outcomes.
2. Adaptive Learning through Artificial Intelligence
If you are thinking how to engage learners of different abilities in the same classroom? Adaptive learning has the potential to solve this crucial challenge. Adaptive learning systems use machine learning and to help personalize the presentation of learning material based on their learning speed, interest and problem areas. In the hands of teachers, this can become an important tool to ensure more uniform learning.
3. Learning Analytics
If you have heard this saying “what gets measured is what gets done”. The focus is shifting from big data to ‘little’ data. Little data is personal activity data which when analyzed by intelligent systems, is able to provide key insights into the way students learn. It may well become an important source of information and insight for decision-making for educators.
It may also unlock new potential for personalization of tools and content. We can enhance the teaching-learning experience by adding real-time insight capabilities and the right information capturing mechanism. The implications of a data driven approach will also help you in other areas including guidance on career choices.
4. Online Assessments
The assessment today are clearly more customizable, interactive, secure and quick to deliver. You will find the assessment solution more continuous and adaptive.
They work across multiple platforms (mobile included) and offer detailed interactive dashboards to analyze performance from various aspects. The ability to store historical assessment data and compare progress over time can be used to establish a trend and also draw inferences on the learners progress in the context of learning. Online testing also brings in the benefits of anytime testing, real-time audio-video integration and also more personalized testing.
Clearly with edtech disrupting traditional methods and mindsets. Its seamless integration with print and classroom practices will be central to its success in the Indian context.
It is important not to lose sight of the evolving needs of the educator in the context of the fast-paced edtech developments. Teacher Training programmes, offered online, offline or in a combination, are key to upskilling our educators who are often the primary consumers of these edtech solutions and play a pivotal role in seeding and growing adoption among learners.
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