The EdTech industry has witnessed a massive boom over the last couple years, partly due to the coronavirus lockdown which forced shut all offline schools and college campuses. The growth achieved by the eLearning industry since the year 2020 is unprecedented as online teaching has become the one stop solution to all our teaching and learning woes. In order to stay relevant and effective as always, the industry has introduced various novel teaching tools and strategies. Today, schools are adopting various EdTech tools for teaching and management purposes such as admission management software, smart classes, fees management system, eLearning portals and likewise.
EdTech has shown a lot of promise for the future. Today, online teaching portals have become a highly flexible and efficient source of teaching and learning for millions of students and educators across the globe. With further rise in the quality of teaching, access to the internet and the number of innovative digital teaching tools, the popularity of EdTech is only going to increase. With education systems across most countries in the world going digital, it’s natural to ask what next? What does EdTech have in store for us? What changes can we hope to see in the EdTech industry in 2022 and what EdTech trends should we watch out for? Here are a number of upcoming EdTech trends which the educators can consider…
We live in a fast-moving world where individuals need to constantly learn new things to progress in their career. Moreover, the paucity of time is yet another effect of our fast-paced lifestyle. Micro and Nano learning programs can truly empower the learners by providing them all the benefits of eLearning such as flexibility to learn from anywhere at any time, greater affordability, better content, greater accessibility and likewise along with bite-sized lessons and courses to ensure that they can learn at their own comfortable pace. Owing to their increasing popularity and demand, micro and nano learning courses will definitely have a big impact on our education system as well as skill development among masses.
Originally created for the purpose of keeping a record of bitcoin exchanges, the technology has found many useful applications in education. Blockchain may be used to create eLearning tools which provide a decentralized, safe and completely transparent digital learning environment. By using blockchain for developing online teaching platforms, students and educators can access relevant courses and useful resources for learning in a secure ecosystem. Blockchain can ensure the security of students’ personal information and documents as well as simplify fee collection. Moreover, by automating various tasks and processes, blockchain technology also has the potential to further reduce the cost of online teaching which makes it one of the hottest trends in the EdTech industry. \
Gamification is a teaching strategy which involves using game mechanics in a non-gaming environment such as teaching students in a fun and engaging manner. It’s a great way of combining education with entertainment or edutainment as it has come to be known in the EdTech industry. Gamification may help in providing experiential learning to the students which helps them in understanding the real-world applications of their learning. It also actively engages the students by providing multisensory stimulation and using interesting ways to help them in understanding any concept. Educators have been using gamification to teach their students for quite some time now. This trend is only set to gain further popularity as the years go by. According to some reports the education gamification market is set to grow by a minimum of 30% by the year 2028 across the globe from its $700 million worth in the year 2020.
AR, VR and MR-
Most educational technologies are geared towards keeping the students focused and engaged. In this bid, technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) are being readily adopted and integrated into the online learning routine of the students. This will help in providing interactive learning to a large number of students which will keep them hooked to learning for a long time.
The future of education is online. These EdTech trends will certainly help the EdTech industry to scale new heights and in doing so, touch the lives of millions of educators and students across the globe.