Just like businesses, the education sector as well took a massive hit when the covid-19 pandemic broke out. Schools, colleges, and universities from all over the world came to a standstill. Students had to shift to online learning overnight.
Adapting to complex software and coordinating with students & parents who were not well-versed with technology were just some of the challenges that the educators faced. But in no time, the industry bounced back and how.
Online education has truly changed the way students learn today. It has opened up a variety of opportunities for everyone in this industry. It is safe to say that digital education is here to stay.
To give all the stakeholders of this industry a glimpse of what is to come, I have covered the top 4 trend predictions of the digital education sector that will be a major part of 2022.
I personally feel that the 2-teacher method is a game-changer for the education sector internationally. In this method, the institutes will have their top faculty members and other mentors from across the globe record high-quality videos of themselves teaching the subjects they’re experts in.
These resources will be made available to the students to learn the core concepts and functionalities from subject-matter experts located miles away from them. After learning the concepts, they will attend sessions with their local teachers for value-additions, deeper understanding, problem-solving and live projects.
The 2-teacher method allows learners to get the best of both worlds from the comfort of their hometown. They get to learn from the renowned of the industry which wasn’t a thing earlier. It also lets them revisit the video material and learn at their own pace which is a boon for slow learners. Along with these benefits, the element of live learning also remains intact.
The next trend that is going to rule 2022 is definitely the use of analytics in education. Just like how analytics can enhance your business campaigns to make your customer experience better, it is going to help educators enhance the quality of the educational journey to make the learning experience more customized and personalized.
Metrics like how many classes a student has attended, which subjects seem to appear more interesting to the student, which areas pose difficulty, etc can be monitored via analytics. Analytics will also aid in understanding the user behavior on your learning portals. This information is very useful to customize the learning process.
Students stronger in certain domains can be given more resources to strengthen their core. And most importantly, weaker students can be given more attention specifically in the subjects they find difficult. Analytics will help reduce the lack of personalization that many people face today in online or offline learning.
From the numerous ways that artificial intelligence can be helpful, one of the biggest AI trends in 2022 is going to be around assessment in the education industry. Most of the teachers spend a lot of their time assessing the MCQs, brief/long answers in typed formats which can be done much faster and accurately by bots.
The goal with this digital step is to reduce the time that the teachers spend on quantitative assessment and rather give that time to evaluating the qualitative in-class assignments which need more human intervention. AI is getting more advanced each day and it can transform the education industry when leveraged at the right time.
Lastly, an interesting trend that we might get to see in 2022 is the crossover between augmented reality and education. As we progress on the way to online education, traditional textbooks cannot be discarded just yet. They play a significant role in molding young learners who should not be exposed to the screens all the time.
Thus, AR can be a great way to make their learning experience more holistic and practical when integrated with textbooks. With the help of AR, codes can be placed in the textbooks in sections where a live demonstration can be helpful.
For example, chemistry can be learned much faster via practical exposure than mere words. Live demonstrations of different experiments can be linked in the textbooks which allow students to see them in their homes while maintaining utmost safety.
This also adds the benefit of saving the students the time & effort to search for these experiments on the Internet and come across potentially incorrect information. Further, it inculcates a sense of excitement and the willingness to learn something new without getting bored or confused.
The digital education industry is evolving at a fast pace with more learner-experience-based transformations. Personalization & customization will remain the core of every trend that is to come in 2022.
All the trends covered above are expected to shape the digital revolution in the education industry in the coming year. Hence, the sooner we adapt to these trends, the faster we make our students future-ready!
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