Apr 01 2022
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Anushka Das

Online courses and virtual learning platforms have made learning more available than ever.

Technology has affected every aspect of our lives. It has impacted every sector of society, from business to transportation. The education sector has equally been under significant technological growth. There have been some radical changes in learning and teaching. A perfect example would be the accessibility to education. The internet and World Wide Web have been around for quite a while, but only recently, a few years back, the education sector has claimed massive use of these resources.

There has been expanding access to education for students who could not travel to remote locations for learning. Now, with just a few clicks on the screens, students can access a variety of academic material in various forms, such as visual and auditory. Online courses and virtual learning platforms have made learning more available than ever. Moreover, collaboration and communication amongst parties have improved massively. Now, students from one continent can learn from students from another continent. They can work on the same research projects and create opportunities for each other that weren’t present before.

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The latest EdTech trends which seek to revolutionise the coming years are as follows:

  1. Blockchain Technology

This technology benefits education immensely, especially data storage. Every time new data is added to the system, it seeks to add another ‘block’ to the  system, as the name ‘blockchain’ suggests. Since the data is encrypted spread across multiple computer systems, it makes transacting data decentralised and  transparent. It is used in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and ePortfolios.

 It is increasingly used to design a scholarship system to give students incentives to achieve academic consistency. Academic institutions are also using it to cut  costs with the help of decentralised storage space.

  1. Artificial Intelligence

AI has revolutionized several markets. The education sector has been no different. It can automate certain activities in education, like grading. Teachers can use. AI for the grading of multiple-choice questions. Both learners and teachers can seek to benefit from this technology. AI tutors can help students when teachers are too busy. AI-driven programs are used in educational institutions to monitor student progress and for teachers to utilise this data.

  1. Gamification

This trend has truly turned learning into a fun and engaging process. Students are getting more and more involved in the learning environment as this trend engages the use of gaming elements. The adoption of gamification has made students more engrossed in learning as it employs various factors which promote healthy competition and a new-sparked interest in the fields. These innovative approaches toward learning have made the education sector even more diverse than before.

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  1. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

AR and VR elements make learning more interactive and exciting for students and teachers. Virtual Reality can offer a constructed reality that makes concepts easier to teach and understand. In contrast, Augmented Reality can enhance real images, which even a hands-on experiment may not be able to provide. An excellent example would be in the health sciences field, where VR could make it easier for students to visualise what they are learning in theory.

  1. eLearning

This trend has truly presided over the education sector during the COVID-19 era. There was a rising demand for online courses and platforms. Remote learning was the need of the hour. Rather than making this kind of learning a passive process, learners can choose interactive learning. Now, educational material is available easily on every device. Learners no longer need to travel distances to attend classes.

These trends are only going to grow further. EdTech is on the rise and seeks to make learning more efficient and accessible. The learning process has changed drastically. It is up to learners, educators, and educational institutions to implement technology and exploit these resources to make the learning environment more diverse.