When the 21st-century technological advancements have started hitting every sector of the society – professional and otherwise – why should the education industry be any exception? One thing that we can say about education though is that this is one domain, which has chosen to remain slightly reluctant to change for decades. Our educational curriculum has refused to change over the years and the same can be said to a certain extent about the physical infrastructure too.
However, just about recently, technology seems to have hit this sector hard with the latter slowly but surely opening up to newer trends and ways of operating, much to the delight of the students, parents, and even educators.
Here we’ve tried to throw light on the top technology trends that have come to prominence in the education sector recently.
- Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
You may have been hearing the terms AR and VR quite often and ever since their entry into education, their potential implications seem to be quite beneficial. For starters, these technologies provide students an exciting chance to choose their learning setting – where and how they want to learn.
Besides, the idea of providing a first-hand real-world experience of something, which seems unachievable in the present moment (perhaps even in the near future), is truly commendable. For example, students can feel as though they’re actually traveling across ancient Egypt or through the picturesque landscape of Switzerland without being there physically.
The mode of communication also underwent an enormous change with the students now being able to interact with their teachers and with each other via VR. This means anytime, anywhere communication, especially when in doubt and easy availability of assistance at all times.
This only goes on to explain that both these technological revolutions seem to hold immense potential in enhancing the quality of student-teacher interactivity, augmenting student engagement, facilitating coordination between various departments, and increasing the attention span of the students.
- Personalized teaching and learning
Ever thought that teaching could become so advanced as to focus on individual students’ strengths and weaknesses? For this reason, there used to be private tutors but the latest mobile app development trends made this possible in general classroom teaching as well.
Instead of blindly applying the same general teaching methods to all students irrespective of their learning potential or specific tastes, students can now learn from what is called the “blending learning” approach of education.
This approach emphasizes on delegating the responsibility of learning certain specific aspects of their curriculum on the students themselves. For instance, with the new personalized method of teaching, each student would take responsibility for the speed at which they cover the set learning material and the order in which they wish to cover it, all based on their individual ability.
- Incorporating gaming elements into learning
Games have always attracted students; only earlier gaming and learning used to be considered as exclusive of each other. Now technology has started introducing ‘gamification’ in the teaching methodologies of educators. In fact, the latter too has acknowledged the long-term needs and benefits of teaching through play.
Students find it much easier to comprehend concepts through relevant technology like educational games, which are engaging, informative, and fun too, rather than memorizing long passages or formulas.
- Chatbots for query redressal
Artificial Intelligence has just started spreading its wings but its advantageous impact on the education sector is worth consideration. Imagine if chatbots could answer student queries on homework, college regulations for new students, paperwork requirements for the admission process, and the like.
Already existing virtual chatbots such as Virtual Learning Assistant by Cognii can help in one-on-one private tutoring for students. Similarly, Natural Language Processing (NPL) can be used to provide answers to open and objective questions, offer instant feedback on assignments, and facilitate calculation of student scores during assessments.
- Smart Campuses via IoT
Thanks to the Internet of Things, the education sector has been able to witness the revolutionary smart campuses, where all the devices in a university you can unify into one single network. This would allow for a learning environment for students and educators alike that could be customized to suit both of their individual needs. Not to forget, it would help do away with unwanted interactions, channelizing that time and effort elsewhere.
Take for example a classroom where the professor could adjust settings on their device to change the lighting, display courses on LMS, and make other adjustments as per their preference as soon as they enter the class.
Whether or not all of these technology trends succeed in entering the education arena, their mere existence implies that they hold immense potential to change the way we understand education today.
Bharat Patel, who heads the digital marketing team at Brainvire Infotech, is armed with over 12 years of experience in the fields of online marketing and project management. He is extremely proactive in implementing the latest technological innovations in his projects. Bharat’s core expertise lies in search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, and conversion rate optimization, among other things. His immense flare of writing encourages him to consistently pen down words revolving around current trends and innovations that relate to his fields of interest.