Academic institutions were under pressure to innovate even prior to the
pandemic. When the COVID-19 hit, many organizations had to move online
and find ways to operate more flexibly in order to survive.
6 key advantages of e-learning
The effective application of digital solutions in the education area increases
resilience, contributes to student-centered and personalized learning plans,
creates a more inclusive atmosphere, and makes learning more interactive.
From augmented reality to virtual classrooms, a handful of edtech solutions
are driving the current education landscape. We have compiled a list of
the most common benefits technologies bring to traditional teaching and
Cloud computing and connected devices allow more seamless cooperation
between students. Digital solutions provide one place where everyone can
add relevant information and ideas, give their comments, and more. Moreover,
when students need additional explanations or help with solving a task,
they can upload it and get help from their peers or teacher.
Teachers can conduct lessons in real-time remotely via computers, laptops,
and other digital tools. It has become a necessity during lockdowns and
social distancing restrictions. On the other hand, students may prefer
recorded methodologies. All the information students can be stored in the
cloud. To access it, they will only need mobile applications, online platforms,
or other IoT devices with an Internet connection.
Learning management systems deliver pre-recorded teaching materials and
training programs that allow students to learn at their own pace. Students
can pause or rewatch the video once again, to fully grasp the information.
Embedded with data analytics, such systems can help teachers to identify
what part of the learning program a student has replayed the most and mark
it as the weak point. Afterward, a teacher can enrich teaching materials
with some quizzes or additional videos on the topic.
Immersive learning environment
66% of respondents believe that immersive
technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed
reality (MR), and extended reality (XR) are the next big thing in the education
industry. Immersive environments allow students to better understand more
complex concepts and improve their skills.
AR, VR, MR, and XR can be used to gain practical knowledge, for example,
pilot or surgeon training; it can be also used to improve public speaking
and visit historical sites, museums, etc. An immersive landscape provides
real-life experiences for students, which grab their attention and improve
True/false and fill-in-the-blank assignments are taking up quite a lot
of time for teachers to manually check, moreover, such routine processes
are error-prone. Algorithms powered by artificial intelligence and machine
learning can be applied to scan the answers and free up some extra time
for additional explanation or consolidation of knowledge. Digitalizing
such processes also eliminates paper waste, since all the homework and
tests are online.
Secure storage of records
Blockchain brings multiple benefits to the education sector. Students'
grades, diplomas, and certificates can be stored on the blockchain. Blockchain
ensures that all the changes are traceable and that only authorized people
can make changes. In such a case, just with the swipe of a finger, a person
can get a verified record of all academic achievements.
Blockchain’s smart contract enables seamless payment once a condition
is met. For example, when students finish up a course or training, they
automatically can receive credit and an organization will receive reimbursement.
So what the future of education will look like?
Edtech is no panacea, there are still some challenges the industry has
to overcome. Technologies can reduce the attention span of the students
and while social distancing restrictions are still in place, once they
are lifted companies should find the balance between remote and in-person
E-learning will definitely be part of the learning process. Academic institutions
should transform to provide the necessary experience for those who know
that continuous learning is necessary for specialists’ competitive advantage.
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