Evolved Ed-tech Experience Web 3.0 Way

Web 3.0 is set to revolutionise the ed-tech segment, which is fast becoming a disruptor in the mainstream educational sector, making learning more data and relevance-based, bringing in an element of smarter methodologies

Web 3.0 is already making all the right noises as a third-gen internet service bundle for applications and websites. Its core areas will include machine-based data understanding, development of more connected, open, and intelligent sites, and compensation for user data through new technologies that tap into AI, ML and blockchain. The Web 3.0 shift will not only impact our functioning but also enable large-scale content creation by users. Web 3.0 is being positioned as a mass tech movement with its core pillars being metaverse, blockchain and crypto. It is still a work in progress and has miles to go for any final framework to evolve.

Where ed-tech stands today

Re-skilling, up-skilling and skill development are steadily becoming major buzzwords for students in the country. There is a sustained focus on ed-tech, especially for training the youth towards being able to embrace newer technologies and innovate in their respective areas of operation. E-learning methods are finding higher traction, not just in Tier-1 cities, but also in semi-urban and rural zones. There has been a dramatic shift towards e-learning over the last two years due to the Coronavirus outbreak and now it is a part of the mainstream framework for IT and technological education.

Why Web 3.0 matters for ed-tech

- Ensures more earning opportunities through newer digital platforms, content creation and monetization, and information-sharing.

- AI (Artificial Intelligence) to create self-learning and flexible educational modules, enabling self-sufficient evolution, while tracking learner habits and preferences to provide resources and results accordingly.

- Users will be able to completely personalize their learning experiences, adding their interests, preferences, and chosen specializations. The ed-tech learning modules will customise learning material and offer data suitable for the same. User profiles will become virtual avatars, representative of their online learning interests and preferences.

- IoT (Internet of Things) will enable the integration of more devices, enabling easy internet connectivity and information management without locational constraints.

- Virtualisation will help accelerate digital interactions of learners with their immediate environments, searching via 3D images/inputs and using voice/smart-glass-based learning methods.

- Web 3.0 will ensure decentralisation of computing, taking it out from central and core servers to a more open, information-sharing-based multi-server framework. Blockchain is one such example.

How Web 3.0 benefits the ed-tech space

- Lower costs with connected machines and easier knowledge access.

- Teachers can create more personalised and engaging assignments and materials, backed by suitable resources. Students will grow more independent, freeing up teachers for assisting smaller groups or individual learners at a time. There will be a gradual shift towards teachers evaluating student-generated content from students absorbing content provided by teachers.

- Students will learn anytime and anywhere as per their convenience, spending considerably lower time on knowledge gathering and integration.

- Search engines will churn out reports with information from multiple sources, taking various arguments into account, while indicating the presence of more related resources, topics.

- Smarter searches will be possible, offering results tailored to user preferences and saving time and energy greatly. Search engines will integrate resources for learning including lecture notes, videos and blogs.

- There will be a dawn of agents for personal learning. They will be searching for data linked to specific learning objectives and report only relevant results and information in this regard. Location-based solutions will ensure the dispatches of suitable information/data in this context.

- Semantic web will be tapped for the description of degrees and courses, making it faster and easier for students to transfer their credits and also choose institutions that will give them the learning foundation that they desire. People will collaborate more through connected platforms while educational content will be used smoothly with permission protocols. Reusing the same will also be possible in the same manner.

Hence, Web 3.0 is set to revolutionise the ed-tech segment, which is fast becoming a disruptor in the mainstream educational sector, making learning more data and relevance-based, bringing in an element of smarter methodologies and self-sufficiency, while inculcating objective-driven skill-sets simultaneously.

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