How technology is shaping the future of education

With 2019 just around the corner, educators and developers are working towards making technology an indispensable part of our classrooms and in a broader sense, the entire education system.

Education Sector Revival edtech is the key

India has seen a boom in the application of technology, especially in the education sector, which is metamorphosing. This points at the dawn of a new era of education, wherein the environment is refreshingly different. The emphasis here lies on interaction and practical knowledge gained through the application of technology, rather than on the age-old methods of rote-learning and theory based learning.

AI, machine learning, and eLearning are some of the ways in which technology is making in-roads into the traditional model of education. Apart from helping students, newer technologies are also simplifying the role of educators, whilst simultaneously furnishing them with tools to make learning more interesting. Education is being imparted in a manner which is more in sync with the current & future generations.

Schools have evolved from traditional learning environments to eLearning environments in the last decade. With the increasing acceptance of YouTube as a learning medium, the eLearning consumer base has prospered from 1.6 million to 9.6million, in a short span of time. Today, many major schools have equipped themselves with state-of-the-art technology to provide students with a modern learning environment. The rapid development of technological infrastructure has given eLearning a timely boost. Over the last five/six years, it has gained prominence in the Indian market too.

Online education has also helped transcend linguistic boundaries. Thanks to the internet, education & information can now be imparted in any language. There are open online courses which aim at encouraging unlimited participation and are open to all via the web. Students in today’s classrooms are using more multimedia and student engagement rates are on the rise. They are being encouraged to carry their personal digital devices (BYOD) to schools and colleges.

Smartphones form another key component of the eLearning model. The unperceived advancement of mobile devices has placed willing students at a great advantage. As the latest smartphones can rival personal computers and laptops in terms of performance and output. Therefore, anyone with an internet connection can access information and educational modules at any time, from anywhere. Also, smartphones have enabled students to learn on-the-go while they travel.

Our classrooms are now becoming virtual, students are swapping traditional books for computers tablets, interactive screens, and virtual reality headsets. Emerging forms of technology such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence (IR) are on the brink of transforming our learning methods forever.

Artificial Intelligence

ArtificialIntelligence (AI) technology is not only aiding students but has also become the backbone of administrative work of many educational institutions. AI also uses metrics to prescribe effective teaching practices to teachers, so as to help them present information or pass on instruction, in the best possible way.

Virtual Reality

If successfully integrated, Virtual Reality (VR) could totally revolutionize the way we educate or receive education. This particular medium provides authentic learning experiences to students by allowing them to identify the subject matter more intricately. VR also enables students to visualize, thus simplifying, many complex concepts.

Augmented Reality

Forms ofAugmented Reality such as animated content can be effective, as it can capture student’s attention and convince them to take a deeper interest in the subject. Similar to VR, AR too can be used to explain abstract concepts in a lucidmanner.

Market Potential

Over the last few years, many new innovations and successful startups have focused on online education. In fact, online education is set to grow at a CAGR of about 20% by 2020! (Source: Technovia)

According to a survey, India ranks behind only the US and China in terms of the market share of the world’s largest online learning markets. Recently, demand for onlinelearning has seen an unprecedented spike and this is being attributed to thegrowing interest in flexible and career-oriented online courses.

Government Role

Progressive government policies in the field of education have given the education sector a lift in recent years. Government’s policies are fostering the progress of digital literacy in India. The Digital India initiative was started with theintention of providing quality & technologically aided education to one andall.

Interactive online videos are gaining popularity as they provide an alternative mode of information and education to the students. Market analysts believe that the Indian eLearning market could grow multifold and become an astounding $2bn market by 2021! (Source: KPMG)

The online education sector is set to grow as more and more people gain awareness about the quality and depth of education the medium has to offer.

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