What to Expect in 2018 in Edutech?
In the education industry, gamification is starting to pick up steam. Instead of traditional education methods like step-by-step or rote learning, incorporating game elements in education increases motivation through better engagement.
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2017 has seen many disruptive technologies emerge and become the topics of discussion all over the world. Technology has changed everything in our lives and has helped us explore new dimensions to achieve our objectives faster and better. This is also true in the field of education, where it infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and handheld devices; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning.
With technology degrees proliferating at unprecedented rates, 2018 will be one of the most exciting years for education realm. Let’s examine five key technology trends that will shape the education sector in 2018:
1) Mobile Learning
The concept of mobile-learning ought to be the next big trend in education, with over 6 billion people connected to their mobile phones. According to a recent study, Indian users, on an average, spend 3 hours and 18 minutes every day with their smartphones. The high-speed internet connectivity in India is also notably contributing to m-learning. Embracing m-learning technology, students can pursue their academic goals despite any geographical and socio-economic boundaries.
2) Cloud-Based Technology for Storage
When it comes to greater educational collaboration, cloud-based technologies have become increasingly essential tools both in and out of the classroom. Students no longer need to worry about losing their files and documents, buying a couple of USB flash drives or CDs to save their projects and assignments or breaking them. All the content related to projects, schedules or assignments can be securely stored and shared on the cloud. Instructors too can share learning materials, sort their files on a class-by-class basis and easily log on to view folders for each class and each student.
3) Big Data
Big data is expected to revolutionize the learning industry in the coming years. Colleges and universities continue to churn out a large amount of data from students’ assignments, weekly tests, projects and attendance, and instructors need to mine that data to determine patterns and predict students’ behavior. Big data helps teachers to analyze such large datasets and reveals important patterns and trends and enables them to tailor education based on students' individual needs and learning process.
4) Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Every student has a different learning style, learning speed, interest and problem areas. With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, students will be able to pick up lessons at their own pace with the right mix of technology and devices. AI applications can help institutions outline a personalized learning path for each student based on his or her individual progress, as opposed to the traditional model of teaching the same content to the entire class at the same time.
5) Gamification in Education
In the education industry, gamification is starting to pick up steam. Instead of traditional education methods like step-by-step or rote learning, incorporating game elements in education increases motivation through better engagement. Games can be used to explain difficult concepts in a less formal way and make the learning process easier. Compared to the traditional learning methods, gamifying education cuts down boredom and makes the learning experience more enjoyable.
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