The use of technology in traditional sector

Posted : 03-Sep-2017

The use of technology in the traditional education sector has made India a hotspot for global destination. The presence of some best colleges and universities known for its excellence and high standards, students across all age groups are finding out the joys of learning and having fun while at it.

There has been an evident shift in the perception of parents and teachers viewing digital learning too. Today, institutions are putting efforts to shift the focus back to students to reinvent the way they learn right throughout their life. It took time for the country to adopt education technology but it's hopeful to see how a traditional sector like education is using technology as an enabler so far. Here are some good reasons for the exponential growth of digital education:


Video-based learning Video learning has always appealed to students since it closely mirrors the traditional classroom teaching style. Earlier, students watched video lectures as a form of homework and then discussed them during the next class. Over time, this habit brought about a remarkable improvement in their performance, with a noticeable improvement in grades.


Personalized and adaptive learning Most of the schools have digital devices like desktop computers, laptops, and tablets. These devices are aiding them in the teaching process while also helping them understand how students learn and how to enhance their learning process. The 'one size fits all' teaching model is being supplemented by adaptive, personalized learning pedagogies. Going forward, this will be the new trend in formal learning that will enable students to be technologically skilled and equipped for modern workplaces.


Mobile-based learning Over the past few years, mobile learning has picked up by the populace who have gradually assimilated it in their lives. It has offered students the flexibility to access educational content seamlessly across multiple digital devices like desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The smartphone user base in India continues to increase, in both urban and rural areas. The coming years will witness users accessing most of their educational content through internet powered smartphones in a massive way. Most educational content, including even online courses, will be optimized entirely for mobile devices.


Open educational resources Open digital education resources have commonly been used in distance learning courses. They consist of freely accessible media for learning, teaching and research purposes. They are licensed to be revised and disseminated freely by teachers among students. This allows the latter to gain access to an extensive arrive of study material that is otherwise restricted indigenously.


Usage of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for learning Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are already buzzwords in the technology space. Their advent in e-learning has massively impacted the efficiency with which it is offered to students and the way it assesses their performance. VR allows students using e-learning platforms on mobile devices to directly interact with study material. This keeps their engagement levels high and motivates them to learn more and better. On the other hand, AR facilitates teachers and trainers in performing tasks, they previously haven't or cannot, in a safe environment. Both of these realities engage students in ways like never before and that will continue to have a strong impact before another technology takes over.



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