Technology has transformed the way we live, interact and collaborate in every sector, however, the education sector is moving a bit slower than other industries when it comes to digital transformation. But if you see around, it is still happening, efforts like online education, virtual reality, cloud-based technology and more. Let us take a look at the top 5 digital transformation trends in the education industry.
Not everyone is comfortable learning from textbooks or attending classes especially those students who need personalized learning due to special needs requirement. With traditional classrooms becoming obsolete, online streaming of lectures can help students understand and absorb the concepts as per their convenience, location and speed. Establishing the fact that “one size does not fit all”, personalized learning aims to understand the skills, potential and interests of each student.
Virtual Reality (VR)
The main objective of introducing virtual/augmented reality in the education industry is to take the learning process beyond the four walls of a classroom. To meet the demand for experiential learning, VR has helped the universities to take an independent teaching mode. For example, medical students can witness live broadcasts of surgeries and medical procedures through VR technology and can get real-world experience.
With enhanced use of the internet and smartphones, students prefer learning through digital platforms rather than course materials and textbooks. Now assignments are digital in nature too with students working on Google Docs and Google Sheets. Students prefer studying from e-books and other digital content than carrying books and referring paper notes. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as Coursera, edX provide a flexible and non-expensive way to develop technical skills to help you land your dream job.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Internet of Things (IoT) has affected the education domain positively with interactive classrooms, engaged learning experiences, providing a safe learning environment for students and improved mobile technology. With IoT, educators can explore innovative ways to impart knowledge through interesting lesson plans, significant class discussions, creative pedagogy and innovative projects. It can also help educational institutions and teachers in enhancing the safety and security of students.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
One of the major educational trends, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few years. If we talk about AI in education, it’s mostly problem-solving, planning and speech recognition that comes to our mind but the scope of AI is much bigger in the education sector. It makes things easier for faculty members in facilitating the automation process of administrative work including grading system, making the curriculum more industry-aligned and creating a personalized and immersive learning process.
Whether it is immersive learning or virtual reality, these recent technology trends have impacted the education industry with stakeholders leveraging these ed-tech trends to create innovative teaching methodologies and improved learning products. This blog traces the top emerging education technology trends of 2019 and emphasizes how they have redefined the entire education system.