The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented boom for the ed-tech industry. Education post-COVID-19 has changed drastically with the advent of online classrooms. Schools across the world are rapidly adopting a tech-first approach to learning.
Digital adoption in the education industry was, until 2020, rather slow. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how digitally unprepared the education system was, on a global scale. The post-pandemic era will be pivotal for the education sector as remote learning has become the new normal.
The Evolving Education Landscape
Education technology is experiencing a renaissance with a shift in teaching formats. Teachers are moving from physical classrooms to online platforms. It is therefore necessary to consider the adoption of a technology-based teaching and learning approach.
Several teachers are trying to cope with the challenges that online education poses. Teaching online might sound innovative and easy, but teaching a virtual classroom is quite different from engaging physically with learners in a traditional classroom. Educationists need to identify a workable balance between various teaching methods in order to effectively engage learners in a virtual classroom environment.
Online study will increasingly become the option of choice for students going forward. With educational institutions being constrained to cancel assessments and examinations of students in a physical classroom, the assessment patterns are rapidly evolving to cater to a digital learning approach. Therefore, assessments are being redesigned to focus more on learner skills and competence-based learning.
Technology in education is trending. A report from KPMG & Google reveals that the education technology market will cater to 9.6 million users by 2021.
Adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
The adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the field of education technology is slated to grow by more than 47 percent in 2021. The automation of basic teacher-centric activities such as grading, teacher-student communication, feedback and evaluation among others, enhances the overall learner experience.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Education
Technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) will redefine interactive learning among students of all ages. The wider adoption of these new-age technologies will enable teachers to plan lessons more creatively, encourage learners to think out-of-the-box, thereby adding more engaging formats to the online classroom. Students participate more actively in the virtual classroom and show increased interest in the subjects.
Mobile Devices in Learning Post-COVID-19
A mobile device is no longer a negative influence in a student’s life. It is much more than a source of distraction. In the next four years by 2025, teachers will continue to discover the untapped possibilities offered by mobile devices for the delivery and assessment of learning.
2021: The Year of Education Technology Disruption
Ed-tech is therefore at a crossroads. Technology will greatly change the way we approach education post-COVID-19. Schools and by extension, the entire learning system will gradually evolve to embrace technology as a major asset in the delivery of quality education.
Online education will also open up multiple, hitherto unexplored learning opportunities for students across geographies. Today, online education has permeated social and economic barriers, becoming a necessity for even the underprivileged sections of society.
The Last Word
Ultimately, education, while becoming technology-driven, will also become increasingly personalized to cater to a wide variety of learner profiles.