2021 - A Giant Leap For Edtech
"Thanks to a liberal National Education Policy, education and its delivery in India are set for a major revamp."
As India prepares to get back on its feet, educational institutions face a unique dilemma of commitment. Just two months before the industry was preparing to welcome students back to campus learning after an 18-month hiatus. However, the sheer speed and intensity of the second wave have ensured a ‘hybrid’ model of education remains the only way forward, at least for the upcoming academic year. Thus, edTech received a shot in the arm to continue revolutionising the education sector in 2021.
It is beyond doubt that Covid19 has hastened the implementation of ‘digital’ education. According to a report by Blume Ventures, India’s edTech industry is poised for a 5x growth by 2025. Over the last year, every institution has shed its inhibitions to adapt and adopt the technology. 2021 will definitely set the edTech industry on a faster growth trajectory and bring about many enhancements in dispersing education.
Blended Learning: While most developed nations have practised blended learning for decades, India will finally adopt this model of education on a national scale. Institutions no longer want to depend only on the traditional mode of education. Blended Learning is synonymous with the ‘hybrid model’ of teaching which combines the use of technology to deliver education in the classroom as well as online. Since students and teachers have transitioned to laptops and smartphones for their learning, technology is quickly becoming an integral part of education delivery. Applications of technology have proved to be a win-win for all parties involved and put to rest fears of teachers losing relevance in the new normal.
Lifelong education: eLearning has opened avenues for collaborations between Universities, employers and edTech companies. The working class is the biggest beneficiary of this partnership. Lifelong Learning helps to fill the skill gap prevalent in many industries, especially within the public sector. Thanks to the uncertain nature of employment in today’s times, professionals are no longer shy to earn that extra online certification or degree to bolster their profiles vis-à-vis their competition. Lifelong Learning if duly pursued by HR will not only improve employee engagement but also trigger organizational growth. Organizations that foster a culture of continuous learning among their employees will witness a positive impact on the employee job satisfaction levels.
Adaptive Learning: Using AI to provide personalized education will bring back focus on the ‘student’. Unlike traditional teaching models, Adaptive Learning focuses on the individual student by offering AI-enabled interfaces to feed any knowledge gaps and or revise certain concepts. Thus making this model of knowledge delivery more effective. The applications of cloud-based technology coupled with enhanced processing powers have been instrumental in deploying AI-based services within the education domain. Adaptive Learning can not only deliver targeted coaching for topics like mathematics but also expedite learning of new languages.
Immersive Learning: One of the most exciting topics in education in the coming years will be the implementation of Immersive Learning through applications of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Immersive Learning as the name suggests takes ‘learning through practice’ to a new level. Herein, a student is empowered from being a passive learner to an active participant. Enhancements through the visual learning process are bound to peak students’ interests. EdTech companies are making big strides to offer immersive strategies to their clients be it educational institutions or within corporate training. In the coming years, VR & AR will definitely decrease the costs of hosting expensive physical equipment within university campuses.
Thanks to a liberal National Education Policy, education and its delivery in India is set for a major revamp. The emphasis on research and practicality is a welcome relief. As the government proposes to deliver higher education in vernacular languages, it is bound to produce professionals that are more confident. Learning in one’s mother tongue has several advantages in concept-understanding and overall development of the student. Thus yielding better results from across regions. Availability of study material in different languages and related customizations in teaching methodology is need of the hour. EdTech companies have a very important role to make this transition a success. As India looks forward to post-Covid challenges, technology has become an irreversible enhancement to the delivery of education. 2021 rightly seems like a year of the big leap for EdTech Companies.
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