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Friday, December 01, 2017

What technology trends you can expect in education in 2018 | - Opinion

"The increasing influence of technology in education is offering us a glimpse into a gradually evolving realm of unconstrained learning" continues


Technology’s transformative nature is like that of an excited particle that alters the status quo of any physical space it enters. A little glimpse into the dynamic digital world is indicative of how technology has given a whole new meaning to education. It has changed everything in our lives – what we thought we knew, what we were accustomed to – and has helped us explore new dimensions to achieve our objectives more effectively and efficiently. This is also true in the field of education, where it has twisted the very fabric of traditional learning and extended to us new and more evolved learning methodologies.

The rapid increase in internet connectivity has been an important catalyst for the growth of e-learning. A proliferation of edtech platforms in the Indian landscape is slowly eliminating barriers in the access to quality education. With 400 million K-12 students, upcoming startups can expect to effectively mobilise their content by creating micro-learning facilities for self-learning, while, simultaneously, engendering employment opportunities. According to a recent report by Google, KPMG, online education in India will see approximately 8x growth in the next five years, says a recent report by Google, KPMG. This will have a significant impact on the edtech market that has a potential to touch $1.96 billion by 2021.

Education with the help of technology has crossed borders and has opened up a world of opportunities for students. From easy sharing of information to collaboration with the help of email and cloud applications to instant access to learning programmes anytime, anywhere, here is how technology will alter the education sector in 2018:

Virtual reality and gamification
Do you know that passive teaching methods lead to a concept retention rate of less than 30 percent? On the other hand, participatory techniques generate retention rates of up to 90 percent. Where our traditional education system fails is that we remain largely focussed on outworn practices that keep student engagement passive, and retention at the bare minimum.

The aforementioned issue is being actively addressed and tackled by technology. Augmented reality, virtual reality, and gamification are giving students an immersive, first-hand experience through graphical simulation, and, thereby, extending the concept of experiential learning. This has the effect of boosting both engagement and retention, while the use of animation ensures that students understand complicated theories easily. Such technologies are more likely to be a game-changer in time, with visible developments taking place from 2018...

Machine learning and artificial intelligence 
People might ask how artificial intelligence actually affects a student’s learning capabilities and boosts human intelligence. Well, AI is turning pedagogical training right on its head. AI-driven algorithms create behavioural models by studying individual data sets. Based on these models, the algorithms develop a deeper understanding of a student’s strengths and weaknesses and devise a unique personalised learning curve...

... if we are able to deliver despite an outmoded education system, imagine what wonders the next generation will accomplish, once it has been trained with advanced pedagogical methods. 


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