The wave of digital disruption is cutting across all industries. The education sector, capitalizing on innovative platforms and solutions that keep streaming into the market, is at the forefront of this disruption.
Personalized Learning and Learner Analytics are two key domains within the education sector that are superbly taking advantage of new innovative technologies by providing services enabling learners with multiple options and bringing in a superior user experience.
Personalized learning implies tailoring the curriculum to suit the needs of individual learners and providing one-on-one attention, which can at times turn out to be cost-heavy. Hence digital learning enters the frame, doling out customized learning opportunities for each and every student and at the same time freeing up teacher time. Multiple players in the education sector are leveraging the value of digital learning, which also provides well-crafted solutions to address special learning requirements, methodologies to narrow down learning gaps and platforms that enhance and improve student progress and scores.
Digital learning has expanded the horizon of learning opportunities. Now tutors and students can interact with peers across the globe, across cultures, multiple times and in multiple locations, and access the best learning opportunities that exist. The digital wave has unleashed its potential to boost student motivation as well. Trends such as game-based learning (GBL) that provide a novel approach to teaching and learning are being perceived as effective, as they make use of competitive exercises to get students to challenge themselves in order to enhance their motivation to learn better. This not only engages the student but also provides practical implementation of the theory being explained as part of the learning.
Learner analytics – that collates, analyzes and measures data regarding learners for the purpose of bettering the learning experience and outcomes helps in defining the progress of the student. What this truly implies is based on students’ behavior both online and offline that allows the practitioner an opportunity to define a customized pedagogy, customize learning interventions as well as assessment mechanisms.
While talking about digital disruption in the field of education, the other shift that can impact education is the power and potential of wearable technology. Just like the mobile gained acceptance in the education industry in the recent past, with trends like BYOD (bring your own device) becoming popular, devices such as smart watches, smart glasses, fitness bands, etc. will very shortly become a trend in the day-to-day life of students and teachers. A classic use of a smart glass will be for a student to record the full lecture, which then becomes a reusable knowledge asset for the entire class or for the university and which can be referenced multiple times. Students could also use a smart glass or a smart watch to directly ask a question to their teachers without disturbing the rest of the class, while teachers could send alerts to students on assignment deadlines, exam timelines, etc. In PE activities, teachers could make good use of wristbands to track performance and later use that data to re-design the PE classes.
As education players compete to provide the best teaching and learning experiences, the sector stands to benefit immensely with rich experiences permeating classrooms and distance learning centers and producing a highly satisfied group of teachers and students.