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What to expect from the education sector in the coming years?



The world of education has undergone a remarkable evolution since its inception. For a long time, education has involved us spending a massive chunk of our early years sitting in a four-walled room absorbing information before heading out in the real world to put it to use. But now, around the world, this situation is being transformed from traditional classrooms to innovative and inclusive learning environments.


In recent years, technological advancements and globalization have significantly impacted the way knowledge is acquired, disseminated, and applied. Additionally, the advent of the internet and digital tools has opened up vast opportunities for learning beyond physical boundaries, connecting individuals from different corners of the globe. Such change in the education sector presents with an implication that what we learned one day might be redundant the next.


If we consider the factors which have contributed towards this ongoing change in the education sector, technology bags the top spot. Today, students have access to wealth of online resources, interactive learning platforms, and virtual classrooms that foster engagement and enhance their learning. Digitization in the education sector has also promoted personalised learning experience, adapting to individual needs and preferences. As a result of this, students can explore various subjects at their own pace, delve deeper into areas of interest, and receive immediate feedback, promoting self-directed learning.


But this isn’t all that has been changing in the education sector. Below we have curated a list of a few more trends that will drive the change.


1. Artificial Intelligence

In the 21st century, AI is one of the prime technologies, which is reshaping every industry. In classrooms one can find AI in the form of virtual assistants which can help both students and teachers to manage time, complete their assignments, manage tutoring systems which can provide a personalised learning experience for students of all ages. AI even promotes remote and online learning, where students can learn at their own pace, matching their own needs.

2. Remote, online and hybrid learning

We came across the concepts of remote and hybrid during the COVID-19 pandemic. During those times, it provided schools, universities and other Edu-hubs with the capabilities to deliver education at a distance. But even before the advent of the pandemic, a revolution was taking place in the domain of online learning. There was a boom in MOOCs (massive online open courses). In schools, such method of learning allowed educators to reach students no matter how isolated their communities are. Looking at this from a large perspective, online and remote learning can prove to be a huge step forward in providing equality of access to education.


3. Rise in adoption of vocation and technical courses

In the upcoming years, we can certainly witness high schools increasing resources dedicated to preparing students for future paths that lead to places other than traditional college courses. This implies their will and an increase in students opting for vocational and technical courses, which can teach diverse range of skill sets to students.


4. Virtual and Augmented reality

These two forms of extended reality (XR) have become increasingly important within education systems. VR allows users to step into a virtual world, and provide vast and growing number of "experiences" that lets users do everything from step back in time and experience history through their own eyes to train for difficult and dangerous tasks such as conducting repairs in hazardous environments. VR is already being used in healthcare training, enabling nursing students to experience delivering emergency case to training doctors to perform surgery.


When it comes to Augmented Reality, it involves superimposing computer-generated images onto what the user is actually seeing. AR differs from VR by providing an advantage of real-time information, for instance, warning a trainee in a manufacturing environment that a piece of machinery may be dangerous. AR is already being used in textbooks, which contain images and models that “come alive” when looked at through a smartphone camera, enabling students to get a closer, more in-depth look at anything.


5. Soft skills

Education is not just about teaching roman history or trigonometric formulas to students, but also training them with soft skills. This includes communication skills, teamworking, creative thinking, relationship management, and conflict resolution. It is true that machines are being used to automate tasks which were once performed by humans. But when it comes to such human skills, these are unlikely to be replicated by machines anytime soon.

 

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