There are a lot of creative innovations that are being undertaken to improve the quality, accessibility, and effectiveness of education and corporate learning world over. Educational technology is changing the way we look at academic education and professional skilling course. The idea is to make it easy and fun. With the internet, mobile and laptops becoming common in all households across the world, there has never been a better time for educational or learning and development technology.
Let’s take a look at key trends in innovation in educational technology that will dominate 2018.
3D and Virtual Reality
There is a lot of material in conventional textbooks that students never actually get to see or experience. Simple examples of this case are atoms, working of engines, the flow of electricity and astronomy in case of school subjects and animation, programming and software building for working professionals. To perceive, understand and work with such concepts is extremely difficult but virtual reality and 3D technology can change this. They are as good as real and give an all-around introduction of a subject thereby making it easier for them to grasp the basic concepts. VR products are popular for learning languages as well. According to a Market Research Future report, the demand for e-learning virtual reality products from distant learners, school students and job professionals will rise tremendously by 2023!
VR and video games are very common these days. Now educational technology is tapping the potential of game-based learning to impart lessons and concepts. Most of the concepts can be successfully integrated with a game to create an effective learning tool. For example, a puzzle that requires solving a mathematical equation with various hints hidden within the game. This will not only help the student solve the problem but also understand the derivation of the formulae as he finds every hint towards solving the problem. These days, several online courses for working professionals incorporate gamification learning in their modules to motivate participants to complete their training.
This technology is a game-changer for digital learning and is already transforming the classroom-based learning as we know it, completely. Students can access classrooms and lessons without actually going to school or educational institutes. This can be helpful for students who because of their special circumstances find themselves missing the classes. This technology opens gates to a lot of subjects, skills, and concepts that were earlier not available for students in their area or region. It also solves the issues related to transportation, mobility and keeps teachers and students connected. Most organizations these days use cloud-based training for their employees to enable them to upgrade their skills from anywhere, anytime.
Social platforms like Facebook, Google Plus, Medium and Quora are quickly evolving as strong mediums of education. They are becoming instrumental in reaching study groups and people sharing similar interests or discussing the same content. It is common these days to see members of social groups seeking important information from each other. Chatting and conversations tend to register better than reading and this is why this technique is so popular. For example, an American student wants information about Mumbai City in India for his project. The best way to do this is to seek people from India on the social platforms who will be able to provide actual information on a real experience which is better than what is contained in the books.
Mobile-based learning has a greater reach than e-learning, as mobiles have entrenched every nook and corner of the world even in the developing countries. Apart from this, e-learning has now become a tool for distance learning and not an aid to regular classroom lessons. In this context, flipped classrooms are gaining a lot of popularity. In this system, students access to lecture videos to learn the concepts and then go online to get their doubts clarified by the experts and instructors. In order to enable employees to stay abreast with the latest trends in their fields, many online courses for working professionals are designed to be mobile-responsive.
Apps and Devices
Smartboards and projectors are common in schools and offices. But now classrooms are moving towards higher technological forms. Right from test assessments to webinars and podcasts, there are revolutionary apps to make the job easy. Parents can keep themselves updated with their child’s progress and contact teacher through these apps for some real-time discussion. They can access curriculum, home works and assignments done in the class, all this without stepping into the school. Similarly, the remote or virtual workforce can be trained online through various apps and devices.
Educational technology is changing the facets of traditional classroom-based education. This technology makes the need for physical classrooms redundant and removes the barriers of distance without compromising on the quality of education. In fact, quality and methods are more immersing and interesting than traditional book-based learning. Educational technology is the future of education in our world.