Over the last two years, the pace of digital transformation has increased immeasurably in the education sector. Every level of education, including primary, higher, and professional training, has seen a shift to online and cloud-based delivery models. A dramatic shift in the relationship between adult learners, colleges, and universities has been triggered by the changing needs of the workforce and industry.
The sector of educational technology (EdTech), is expected to increase to $680million by 2027. This will be largely due to the use of mobile technology, cloud services, and virtual Reality which opens up new opportunities for immersive, accessible learning. We can be optimistic about the fact that 2022 will have a higher quality education than the current world. This is due to the availability of classes and where people live. However, disparities in technology access create new challenges for equal educational opportunities. Here are some of the top tech trends that will impact education in the next 12 months.
Many schools and colleges were forced to change to remote learning models after the coronavirus pandemic. As with many other changes this was only an acceleration of a trend which has been ongoing for some time. Between 2020-2025, the market for online learning and e-learning will grow by 15% annually to reach $50 billion. For students in school, e-learning allows them to learn subjects and skills not taught in their local schools. Higher education students can also benefit from e-learning because they can easily fit learning around work commitments or family obligations.
E-learning is becoming more popular for workplace training. A study by IBM on its own remote learning programs found that learners were able to absorb five-fold more content at a third of the cost. This translated into $200,000,000 savings.
Many of us now have the option to learn from our hobbies and interests, in addition to formal education and training. Apps such as Duolingo provide accessible language tuition. Others, like Simply Piano and Flowkey, are geared towards those who wish to learn how to play instruments.
Subscription services for Lifelong Learning
Today’s education system was designed for a different world. In a time when young people were expected to have a job for their entire lives, the education system we have today was not possible. The only learning opportunities that were available to students were those that could be delivered at places that students could access. Our formal education was “frontloaded” and would have to be completed in our first 20 years. Today’s employment landscape is very different from what our grandparents and parents knew. Technology is constantly changing at a rapid pace, which means that skills can quickly become obsolete. It is important to continue learning new skills in order to be successful in your career and business.
This wave of change is driving education providers and learners to shift towards an ongoing model for education. Another driver is the emergence of online learning aggregators such as
Immersive learning technology for AR and VR
Extended Reality (XR), which includes virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR) and augmented reality, (AR), will create more engaging and immersive learning opportunities. This is crucial in an age where attention spans are decreasing and people have become accustomed to digesting information in bite-sized chunks that are easy to absorb. This article will be familiar to many people who have learned about topics such as the Roman Empire through history books. Imagine how much more information would have been absorbed if they could walk around a digital reconstruction of ancient Rome.
XR technologies have many other benefits. They can be used to train in simulated environments that are very similar to reality, but do not pose a risk of damaging expensive equipment or causing harm. Virtual reality is used to train doctors and firefighters as well as search-and rescue teams operating underground. You can also practice less dangerous, but still stressful, or more difficult skills with the VirtualSpeech app. You can practice delivering a speech before an audience, and receive feedback about your delivery and tone. Labster also offers a simulated science lab and equipment that allows students to practice their skills without making costly mistakes. The VR Expeditions app lets teachers take students on virtual field trips in 360 cities.
Automation in the Classroom
Artificial intelligence will have a profound impact on all areas of human activity in 2022. Education is no exception. Software powered by self-learning algorithms will continue to be deployed. It will become more efficient at completing repetitive tasks such as grading papers. The AltitudeLearning system, created by a Google engineer and partially funded by Facebook, uses AI to recommend personalized learning paths for school-age children. adaptive Learning is a similar concept. The course adjusts to the learners’ needs as they go through it. China’s schools have implemented a facial recognition system to verify that students are paying attention. This is done by scanning their faces using cameras with computer vision algorithms.
AI-powered personal assistants, similar to Amazon’s Alexa, have been used in schools. One device, called Merlyn is designed to assist teachers in classroom management and presenting lessons.
This is due to our shrinking attention spans and the constant competition for our time. Nano-learning is a new EdTech model that allows us to get extremely small lessons right when we need them. This paradigm doesn’t care if we forget something we learned in 10 minutes or less. We can simply re-learn the information again when we need it. An example of this is a recipe for cooking. If we don’t bake a lot, it doesn’t matter if we don’t remember the details for more than 10 minutes. We can simply re-learn it when we need it again. The same principle can be applied to professional or academic subjects. Short lessons, such as those provided via the text messaging service Arist can be absorbed using WhatsApp, Slack or Teams. Other nano-learning platforms offer knowledge via social networks such as Twitter and TikTok. As society seeks instantaneous, modular and addictive ways to pass on knowledge and proficiency, nano-learning will be a growing trend in 2022.
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