How Technology Is Enabling Online Skilling In Fitness And Sports Industry

Classroom learning is now on the path to becoming obsolete as online learning is the new disruptive trend.

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Working from home has been a recent norm that continues to gain momentum till this point, and is poised to stretch into the future due to favourable dynamics that pave the way for the same. In the meantime, it appears that there is a new variant of this home-based norm, which is learning from home. Classroom learning is now on the path to becoming obsolete as online learning is the new disruptive trend. This is to say that the Fitness and Sports industry is also catching up with the trend. Now we have several courses for students to enable them to learn at their own pace.

Artificial Intelligence is opening up new possibilities for delivering online skill courses.

Technological advancements such as Artificial Intelligence now enable the fitness and sports industry to integrate online skill courses. The pandemic has taught us the importance of a virtual operation, and an interface for online skill courses is one of such solutions. One would say that a revolution is taking place since the potential of AI tools proves to be the same for the fitness and sports industry. To that end, let’s take a look at what AI can do to prompt the transition of online skill courses in the fitness and sports industry.

Customization of content

With technology, it is possible to customize course material based on the prior knowledge, learning, and area of specialization of professionals. This means delivering the appropriate content to the right persons. That said, customization of content takes into account learner profiles and recommends suitable content, thereby helping professionals to progress at their own pace as and when their schedules permit. Now, gone are the days when every learner had to stick to the same course content. With technology in place, course content can be personalized to suit learners’ end-to-end requirements and make learning effective.

Automation of faculty tasks and administration tasks

In case you are wondering as to why automation enters the picture in this context, it will help if you know that automation has the potential to reduce the amount of time spent on faculty tasks and administration tasks. Automation can facilitate a seamless process of preparation, administration, evaluation, and feedback. Softwares can automatically fill out forms or provide menus of generic responses; maintain inventories of materials to the point of automatically ordering replacements.

It is found that teachers commit an average of eleven hours a week towards preparation activities. As such, it is estimated that the incorporation of technology can help cut the time to a mere six hours.

Virtual monitoring of progress

Technology has made it feasible to monitor the learning process of learners. This is possible through the application of certain virtual monitoring tools such as Students Information Systems (SIS), and Learning Management Systems (LMS). With these advanced tools, faculties are able to pull real-time data reports on learners and keep track of their learning progression.

Moreover, experts are also able to manage grades, online activity, and attendance, as well as instructional effectiveness.

Individual assessment with the help of AI

AI can facilitate individual assessment by making it possible to automate grading, bring much ease to faculty by eliminating large amounts of workload, and giving autonomy to learners. This can result in better learning by doing away with the traditional practice of assessment that can involve human bias and even result in stress for fitness professionals. In fact, according to a study, the traditional exam system is stressful and unpleasant for students, prompting many to eventually shy from their learning journey. This is where AI enters the picture and develops a learner-friendly assessment process through tools such as Agent-based tutoring systems (AbS), and Expert Control System (ECS)-based tutoring platform.

Personalized learning paths

Sometimes, personalized learning is a luxury that many cannot afford. There are barriers in the form of time constraints, limited resources, and lack of materials and technology. Teaching traditionally leaves no time for experts to accommodate things such as direct mentoring and personalized training. However, the application of technological tools can help sports and fitness experts save about 13 hours a week, thereby providing both the time and means for the accommodation of personalized learning.

So to conclude, we are looking at a 360 revolution as technology is proving an all-encompassing solution. In fact, we will see more innovations in the days to come as technology will continue to ramp up existing infrastructures and bring in more pan-industry changes.

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