The Indian education sector is poised at an interesting juncture – on the one hand, there is a growing focus on achieving learning outcomes, while on the other, edtech platforms are being adopted quickly and content is being rewritten and redesigned to adapt to a variety of emerging media.
Amongst all modern-day developments ‘Technology’ has clearly emerged as the single biggest theme to impact the sector in the last few years. This augurs well for the present-day learner, as also for educators and others in the teaching-learning process.
The advent of digitally enabled classrooms, cloud-based content, ebooks and online assessments among others have enabled our education system to reach an inflection point.
Edtech trends that have the potential to upturn the education landscape in 2018
Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR)
This has probably been the most talked about trend of 2017. Virtual Reality immerses the user in a virtual or imaginary environment. Immersive educational environments are already being used to provide learners with a life-like experience in subjects as diverse as history and chemistry.
Augmented Reality, on the other hand, is a technology used to present an enhanced version of reality where elements of the physical real-world environment are augmented with digital learning experiences. AR/VR technologies help learners experience and interact with digital learning objects to support their learning.
Educators, who earlier had print or digital images/animations for teaching support, now can leverage these high-fidelity educational experiences to achieve better learning outcomes.