When it comes to education, technology has always been neglected, especially in Indian landscape. However, the scenario of technology adoption is progressively changing as the classrooms are getting connected and in a sense is shaking up fundamentals of education industry’s traditional business model.
The laxity of technology adoption in education sector can be seen in all parts of the world. However, the change in mindset has already started changing. It is evident from the extent of capital investment in this sector and the building up of disruptive potential. In 2014, there has been a 55 per cent jump in the venture capital funding in education technology companies, skyrocketing the total amount of funding to almost $2 billion ($1.87 billion to be precise). The paradigm shift has already started to take place and the education industry is all set to reshape by 2025.
Here are 3 technological trends that have the potential of redefining education by the year 2025:
- Learn From Anywhere
The biggest possible technological advancement in higher education is MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. Per this facility, a faculty through online video lectures leads a course with large number of participating students. Many aspects of education sector are going to be reshaped by MOOCs, per Gartner’s research director Glenda Morgan. People are getting enthusiastic about online learning once again with the advent of Massive Open Online Courses that have influenced many colleges (including some of the leading ones such as Stanford, MIT, and Harvard) in adopting new technology for keeping pace.
Rising popularity of cloud is leveraging MOOCs as it has the potential of making it less risky as well as less expensive. Many start-ups have already started to make its mark as they are raising huge funds for making these online courses successful. While Coursera (having over 14 million registered users) has received funds to the extent of $85 million, Udemy has raised funds to the extent of $65 million in a single year. Reports say that MOOCs are going to take a center seat in education industry in the coming years and the revolution has already started, which will bring a paradigm shift in education by the year 2025.
- Digital Credit
Most people acquire knowledge to become graduates and then use that degree to get employed. However, in case of online learning this facility is almost absent. Until and unless digital credit is available for showing “graduates” credentials to potential employers, students will not flock to acquire education online. To offer solutions to problems, there have already been some steps undertaken. Two such examples are virtual badges offered by Credly and Mozilla Open Badges.
- Adaptive Learning
In traditional education system, the pace of education imparted rests on the hypothesis that learning ability is same in every student. However, in reality, this is not the case. This is where adaptive learning tools such as artificial intelligence and data science have the potential of playing important roles. One such instance is the development of Pearson MyLab that offers digital courses on the basis of student’s needs, learning preferences, strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles.