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2020 Digital Transformation Trends in Education

2020 Digital Transformation Trends in Education

In the coming years, the education industry will continue to transform. As the industry grows and technology facilitating new ways to improve the education system, a classroom of 2020 will look very different.

Technology will continue to change the entire dynamics of learning, teaching methodologies, and the relationship between a student and teacher. We are in an era where artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, and virtual reality is making a unique amalgamation for fostering new methods of learning. The transformation would surely improve the learning ability of the students as they would find the lessons more interactive and interesting. 

This transformation would be seen not only at the elementary, middle, and high-school levels but also at the university level. As per a Gartner survey conducted in 2018, 51% of the education CIOs are in the process of delivering and designing stages of the transformation

The University of Saint Thomas, in Minnesota, is a notable example where digital transformation is making strong in-roads. It is in the middle of the designing and delivery phase as you can see in the below image:

image of bar chart visualizing results from Gartner's 2018 CIO Survey

“By 2025, generation alpha would number around 2 million globally and could be the wealthiest, technologically literate, and the one most educated in history. “- Robert Hannah, Chief Operating Officer at Grant Thornton U.K

As the alpha generation would be more tech-savvy, the old teaching methods are not going to keep them engaged. Institutions have to come up with a different approach and integrate new technologies for a different learning experience

Find out the below facts to understand how technology would impact the education industry:

  • Homework: This is something that many students abhor. With the coming up of new technologies, such as augmented reality, students could now scan the page before starting their homework.  They would then see their teacher helping them solve a problem, which would keep them interested.
  • Helpful for deaf students: The technology would be a relief for deaf students. With the help of augmented reality, the vocabulary words can be displayed to write a word in the videos. It would further help them in learning easily.
  • Fun learning experience: It makes the learning process a fun activity. The digital transformation trends in technology help the students to learn through modeling tools, interactive games, video production, and others. When you have the option of learning via different methods, it reduces the pressure. Students start enjoying experiential learning. 
  • IoT campus: IoT helped to build smart cities, and now it could even help build smarter campuses. Just imagine, how a connected school could help in saving the investment on the usage of lighting and energy. The essential part is that it would keep the school and students stay connected. Ensuring the safety of the students is one of the top priorities of any school, which an IoT campus would do.
  • Any-time learning: Many students are wired to learn at their pace, a challenge for most of the teachers. The digital transformation would help these students to learn from anywhere at any time. For example, Deakin University in Australia has used IBM Watson for creating a virtual student advisory service that is available 24 hours a day, and seven days a week. The virtual advisors of the Watson answered more than 30,000 questions in the first trimester, thus freeing up the actual advisors for handling more advanced issues. This would also reduce the pressure on the faculty members for personalizing the teaching process as per the needs of each of the students.
  • Augmented reality classroom: When in school, you would have learned separate theoretical and practical lessons, with theoretical subjects to be memorized and practical ones for executing in real-time, but now the digital technologies would change this sequence. The practical lessons ]would be taught face to face with their peers by using the augmented reality technology in the classrooms, while the theoretical part they can learn on their own, outside the classroom. This flip classroom is here to arrive very soon. For example, students can visit historical places in Warsaw, Poland without actually visiting the place. The augmented reality technology would make this all possible and reproduce the entire scenic and historical sites.
  •  New content areas would emerge: Science and math have been the pillars of modern education as it propelled the human civilization to move forward; with the integration of new technologies in the education system, students would be able to gain new perspectives of the subjects. 

Just as you can see in the above video, teachers are teaching the magnetic field with the help of augmented reality technology.

  • Security: Digital transformation would also bring absolute security for this industry. Online is many times a mess of information, and one needs to safeguard all the essential information of the students. The blockchain technology, for example, would reduce the workload of the students who end up doing a lot of paperwork to get admission to a specific university. The entries would be easily verified, by just clicking the mouse, with the help of this technology. It would also make the delivery of certificates possible, and safeguarding the same. This proves that not only the digital trends will transform the education, but also secure the information of the students.

Conclusion: Augmented reality with other technologies has the power of transforming the education system and help the new generation of students to learn effectively. A research even found that we remember 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, and 90% of what we simulate.

When education combines with future technology, augmented reality, and others, then students would be able to relate to the abstract concepts. 

Author Bio:

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