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Rohit Manglik

Rohit Manglik is CEO at EduGorilla, an ed-tech startup.

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Ed-Trends that will Rule the Roost in 2018

Although traditional teaching will dominate the methodology of imparting higher education, 2018 is likely to see a dramatic increase in the adoption of technology by several universities and colleges in approaching the curriculum.

After India emerged as the second largest market of e-learning in the world of education (second only to the US), it is estimated to grow to a $1.29 billion industry by 2018. The proliferation of the mobile phones equipped with the internet facilities has given a good momentum to eLearning.

Today we live in a world where there are a number of choices of cheaper, better, productive, innovative, effective, socially wired ways of communication and learning. And the best part is that the students absolutely love them and the new kids are virtually brought up holding some of these devices.India is witnessing a vibrant era of digital learning platforms where students have the advantage of having access to course material or content 24x7 from anywhere that is convenient to them.

It is not hidden from anyone that we have found, through e-learning, the alternative solutions to educate the urban as well as rural youth with quality content. According to McKinsey report, in the next 10 years Digital India has the capability to invite 20-30 percent increase in GDP.

With the growth of Ed-Tech companies and an increase in the number of netizens in 2017, we can only expect a boost in the space of online learning in 2018.The user base is expected to reach the mark of 250 million. Moreover, government initiatives like Digital India is acting as a catalyst and crafting a path to leveraging of technology in the education sector.

Ed-Trends of 2017 that will continue trending in 2018

For over a decade now, technology and higher education in India are struggling to hold hands tightly, but there has been an exponential progress in it. Many universities and other institutions of higher learning have been aggressively adopting new technology, successfully leveraging the educational opportunities that computers, specialized software and other IT equipment can enable. There is little doubt that technology will improve our learning methodologies and keep surprising the education technology with the popping up of many more Ed-Tech firms. Consequently, these Ed-Tech firms or online learning platforms would continue to propagate personalized and adaptive learning, mobile-based learning, video based learning, and the usage of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for learning.

The impact of online education websites

The Indian education ecosystem is inviting many more educational websites that would continue to eradicate limitations of location, accessibility of resources etc.

Hybrid Learning

Several Ed-Tech firms have taken personalized and customized learning approach through a hybrid model.It is an integration of classroom-based teaching methods like workshops and seminars with the online environment that providesautonomy over educational growth path.

2018 and Beyond

With the synchronization of technology with education, the classrooms of tomorrow can utilize mobility, cloud, and big data technology to accelerate student outcomes.

Below are some new technologies that could embrace our education ecosystem.

Cloud Technology

Imagine a teacher in India being able to deliver a lecture and interact with a classroom anywhere around the world.  In this instance, students will be able to access the lecture remotely along with all of their other important course materials anywhere, anytime and from virtually any device.  In other words, advances in cloud technology would allow communication and class participation on a global scale.

Big Data

Indian universities are just beginning to rely on predictive analytics to provide a more personalized experience. In near future, teachers will also rely on personal data to monitor each student’s engagement in the classroom. With the proliferation of devices across campuses, there will be innovative security measures as well to protect sensitive information while allowing unrestricted communication and transfer of data.

To Conclude

Although traditional teaching will dominate the methodology of imparting higher education, 2018 is likely to see a dramatic increase in the adoption of technology by several universities and colleges in approaching the curriculum. With the way things are going, e-learning is poised to play a vital role in shaping the skills and education needs of the students across the country.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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