Over the last two decades, technology has disrupted most fields of human activity. Day to day activities like shopping, trading on platforms such as bitcoin up, paying utility bills or even filing tax returns have moved online. In fact, many companies now give you the option of doing a full day’s work without stepping out of your living room.
One field that has been slow to respond to the disruptions caused by technology is education. However, there too the winds of change have started blowing, as the education sector starts adapting to the changing needs of a rapidly transforming world. If you are a stakeholder- whether you are a student, or teacher, or administrator or even a policymaker- here are a few trends that you can expect in the field of education over the next few years.
Personalised learning: Artificial intelligence (AI) allows personalisation of the learning experience to a degree that was unimaginable even a few years ago. The traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach to education, which gave students little or no say in designing the learning experience is now becoming a thing of the past. AI now empowers students to learn at a pace and in a manner best suited to their needs.
Real time evaluation: Traditionally evaluation of students is carried out on the basis of periodic tests or assignments. The biggest drawback with that method of evaluation is that considerable time is lost before learning outcomes can be measured, which leaves little or no scope for a course correction. However, AI allows students to assess learning outcomes and tailor the content and pace of learning accordingly on a real time basis.
Education beyond the classroom: Thanks to the proliferation of high speed internet, learning is no longer confined to the classroom or the college library. Through conferencing apps and video sharing platforms, a teacher can deliver lectures to students separated from him or her through distance as well as time. The greater reach gives the added benefit of economies of scale. As a student, that means budget or physical location is no longer an impediment in accessing professional expertise. For instance, a paper writing service is both possible and affordable.
Virtual Reality: Thanks to virtual reality (VR), the teaching process can be far more interactive and fun than the traditional methods of blackboards and charts could ever be. For instance, students learning about the Tundra region in a geography class, can be visually transported to that region using a VR headset. The impact on learning outcomes could be tremendous. The findings of a recent study showed that no less than 83 percent of teachers were positive about the learning outcomes through use of VR.
Automation of administrative work: AI can empower educational institutions to automate administrative tasks. A common example is the use of a chatbot to respond to student queries, so that the workload of administrators can be substantially reduced, apart from the advantage of improved student service, with chatbots being available to reply to queries round the clock. Expect technology to improve the speed and efficiency of administrative services.
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