Akanksha Chaturvedi is the Founder & CEO of Eduauraa – an ed-tech venture that has disrupted the market through high-quality affordable education. As an alumnus of UCL and Columbia University, where she majored in Urban Planning & Business, Akanksha realized that one of the central pillars in a country’s development is Education. A visionary in her own right with a social enterprising approach, Akanksha is bringing about the socio-economic change in the Education system.
The disruption caused by the pandemic in the last two years has immensely contributed to the expansion of education technology. For school students, edtech apps are particularly valuable for those who don’t have in-person support available to them. From primary to higher education and competitive exams, the digital transformation in the education sector has accelerated immeasurably. With a shift towards online and cloud-based delivery platforms, online education is all set to register another leg of expansion by further adopting innovative technologies and developing new approaches. 2022 is crucial for the edtech sector as the year will witness the consolidation of the industry with more innovations.
AI-Enabled Adaptive Learning
AI is helping harness a more personalized and interactive learning experience. With adaptive learning, personalizing modules and specializations are made possible. In the future, as technology is upgrading, it is shaping a hyper-personalized learning experience addressing a student’s problem area. AI can be channelized to interpret the interests of each student and predict their behaviour, consequently offering not just the necessary content for learning but also offering it in a format that’s most conducive for learning.
The buzz around blockchain is only growing strong. Using blockchain, edtech platforms can connect learners with relevant resources, in a decentralized and secure way. In the future, the trend will turn into a transparent education ecosystem. With smart contract capabilities, courses and lessons can be programmed, automatically delivered, and progress measured in real-time. This new mode will also regulate costs as it eliminates many manual tasks.
Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
Keeping a learner’s attention and concentration on a subject is a major challenge in the online mode of education. Hence, introducing students to more application-based learning helps them retain information better. VR technology is immensely stimulating, allowing students to understand and study better. As edtech tools like video conferencing software become more versatile and incorporate aspects of VR and AR, it will become easier to bring learning experiences to life. Further, involving students in the learning experience makes study time more immersive. Further, integrating VR, AR, XR in daily learning can also help transform traditional case studies.
Robotics is gaining wide acceptance in K-12 education. Although robotic education is still in the early stages, there’s plenty of room for it to grow and reach more students across the country. Students in K12 schools will graduate into a workforce that’s widely integrated with robotics in every function. Even if these children choose a career other than coding or other careers in mainstream robotics, integrating robotics in function and as modules will prepare them with skills such as analytical thinking, programming, collaborative thinking, innovation, and more. It can be easily incorporated into STEAM education, which is becoming more popular in schools worldwide. Further, educational robotics is envisioned to provide students with an in-class learning environment, and after school for robotics competitions.
Gamification has been creeping into classrooms for years already, with hackathons and virtual games becoming a mainstay. In the future, however, gamification could offer new ways for students to learn. Gamification can help keep students stay engaged throughout their learning experiences. When it comes to online programs, the lack of personal touch and the busy lives of a student may get in the way of students’ learning. With the global education gamification market expected to grow at a rate of 29% between 2021 and 2027, it’s bound to be one of the biggest edtech trends to look out for in the years ahead.
We will see a steady growth of online education in terms of new programs, pedagogies, and increased student enrolments and engagement.