Author: Er. Koneru Lakshman Havish, Vice President, KL Deemed to be University
Since digitalization has gained a prominent role, it has had a massive impact on industries all around the world, and the education industry is no exception to it. In the modern-day world, the focus is no longer on formal education, and time, as well as space, are no longer constraints for the modern education sector. The education sector has implemented a number of trends to varying degrees of success, but the trends that have arisen in recent years have fundamentally changed the industry dynamics and are undoubtedly here to stay in the coming years. Moreover, the transition towards online and cloud-based delivery platforms has been brought on by the immeasurable acceleration of digital transformation in the education sector.
According to Statista, the education market was worth $1.16 billion in 2020. Comparatively, the skill development market was only worth around 500 million dollars. The market’s overall value was 2.8 billion in 2020. However, the market is anticipated to grow to 10.4 billion by 2025. Furthermore, it is expected to continue to be the most valuable. In addition, new opportunities for accessible, immersive learning have been made possible by mobile technology, cloud services, and virtual reality.
Here are a few of the most recent technological advancements that are expected to revolutionize the education sector in 2023.
A combination of AR and VR
Digital technology is transforming the educational field and augmented virtual reality is one of the major trends or path-breakers driving this transformation. It has been shown to improve learning experiences, expand opportunities for experimentation, lessen reliance on memorization, empower educators and learners, and promote active learning. On the other hand, virtual tools in a controlled environment allow educators to break down complex ideas for students. Although AR and VR technology adoption in the Indian market is still in its nascent stage, it is considered that these tools will play a significant role in the future of education.
Gamification in Education
It is a problem-solving method that uses gaming mechanics for educational purposes. Making complicated subjects simpler aids in greater retention and increases student engagement while enhancing abilities and learning. Through gamification, learning objectives can be achieved, motivating students to work toward them and receiving immediate feedback. Furthermore, in the coming future, edtech and gamification are ideas that will work well together while enabling more significant industry expansion.
Compared to earlier, parents no longer deal with having one instructor teach at least 50 students. Thus, individualized education is emerging as the new norm as classrooms become more diverse and complex and technology becomes more widely accessible. Technology tools can aid educators in providing students with various learning experiences outside the required curriculum. However, with the assistance of these technological tools, education took on a new dimension with the introduction of online learning environments and applications. Modern teachers serve more as coaches, role models, and moderators of the learning process.
Rise of Educational Communities
Communities are another significant trend in higher education going forward, and learning can be challenging, especially when most people are used to working alone. Since, educational communities are expanding, being a part of one is a major saving grace. Educational groups give students from various backgrounds a path into various fields. In addition, various programs aid new students in adjusting by providing individualized instruction, academic guidance, and community-building activities. Thus, educational communities are crucial as they provide support and proof that other individuals are similarly experiencing the same problem or struggling. And then they must support and inspire one another to persevere and earn that degree.
Although a university’s physical infrastructure is essential in providing students with a conducive environment for their academic journey, digital infrastructure also plays a key role in it, especially in the current scenario. In the last few years, across India, digital classrooms have gained prominence. These technology-enabled classrooms (digital infrastructure) provide opportunities for teaching and learning by integrating technology such as interactive whiteboard/projector, audio-visual capabilities, multimedia centers, and educational games, among others.
The educational technology industry keeps proliferating and innovating constantly as the universe of knowledge and information is available to everyone simply by having internet access. Since the internet is widely utilized in educational practices worldwide, edtech business solutions now enable you to receive top-notch lectures quickly and affordably. Moreover, the online education scenario is continually evolving due to edtech. Thus, the emergence of trends in educational technology will continue into the foreseeable future.