In the past, various trends in the education sector have been deployed with varying degrees of success, but the trends that the previous couple of years brought in the sector have completely changed the sector’s dynamics and are surely here to stay for the foreseeable future.
From primary to higher education, the digital transformation in the education sector has accelerated immeasurably and made it undergo a shift towards online and cloud-based delivery platforms.
Beyond that, the transformation also prompted a dramatic change in the relationship between adult learners and providers of further education, such as Edtechs, coaching colleges and universities
Edtechs are the new School 2.0 and with its current pace of disrupting the traditional learning process, the value of this sector in India is forecast to grow to USD 30 billion in the next 10 years. Much of the credit goes to mobile technology, cloud services and virtual reality, creating new possibilities for accessible, immersive learning.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL DISRUPT EDUCATION IN NEAR FUTURE ARE:
1. LIFELONG LEARNING VIA SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES
The education landscape today is vastly different even from two years ago. At the rapid pace of technological advancement, education providers and learners are moving towards an ongoing model of education – subscription services.
Another driver is the emergence of online learning aggregators such as DBMCI’s digital platform eGurukul, which, along with traditional coaching classes, offers accessible learning classes to learners who are looking for flexible ways of fitting education into their lives and making online education its predominant model of education.
This is one of the trends that is here to stay and is designed to fit perfectly in with the changing needs of businesses.
2. A MIXTURE OF REAL, AI, AR AND VR
With time, we’re becoming accustomed to absorbing information in ultra-fast, bite-sized, and attention-grabbing chunks. The mixture of Reality, Artificial intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) will impact every area of human activity and education is certainly no exception.
These tools are capable of becoming better and better at whatever task it is assigned and will be used to provide more personalised forms of education or remote learning.
This learning describes a new EdTech concept. In this transformative technological trend, students can get an instant source of learning via ultra-bite-sized lessons exactly when and where they need them.
Nano-learning is still popular but will undoubtedly grow in popularity in the coming future as, in today’s hustles, it fits effortlessly with society’s need for ways of passing on knowledge and proficiency.
4. PERSONALISED EDUCATION
Gone are the days when one teacher was assigned to at least 50 kids and parents also didn’t really mind. Personalised education is becoming the next new normal as, now, classrooms are much more diverse and complex, and access to technology is helping to better achieve each student’s needs.
Technology tools can help teachers to give students differentiated learning experiences outside of the established curriculum.
Edutainment is a term that has been making its round in the sector for some time now and plastering its presence in the sector effectively. Learning while playing educational games brings in an experiential approach to knowledge acquisition that keeps students hooked on learning and encourages more multisensory involvement.
To walk parallel with evolution is now a necessity, not an option in adapting to the evolving technological trends is the reality for the upcoming future of education. In the future, these trends will undoubtedly grow in popularity as learning proficiency these days is not only instantaneous and modular but becoming even more addictive!
Authored by Dr Nachiket Bhatia, CEO, Dr Bhatia Medical Coaching Institute (DBMCI) & E-Gurukul.