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How Technologies Are Revamping Classical Education

With the COVID-19 outbreak, digital solutions proved to be an integral part of the teaching and learning process. As students and teachers slowly return to face-to-face interactions, educational technologies are likely to stay.

Source: Statista

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 learning processes.

Reinforced collaboration

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.

Remote access

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.

Student-centered programs

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 learning abilities.

Automated processes

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 interactions.

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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