There is hardly anything more exciting today than the marriage of technology and pedagogy in schools. Well, at least to those of us in the relevant industry. Year on year, we find educators uncovering new ways to connect with students, using their individual needs and wants to guide instruction.
Many profess that this leads to a deeper connection between teacher and student, improving inadvertently the latter’s ability to learn and absorb. But what’s the underlying condition to this enhancement in a teacher-student relationship? Technology.
We are moving to a predominantly digital era. As per a report jointly conducted by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking, schools are beginning to redesign classroom spaces for more hands-on learning. There’s a clear trend towards the incorporation of technology in education to help the next generation become part of a digitally-savvy workforce.
The interesting thing is that the education sector continues to increase its investment around technology despite pressure on education budgets around the globe. EdTech funding jumped by 55% in 2014, and was estimated at $107 Billion by the end of 2015. All this has been propelled by technological advancements and demand for additional skills.
Prominent outbursts are visible – ones that’ll, in all probability, drive the upcoming disruption. Therefore, it is certainly important to keep them on our radars. With that in mind, here are three things to look at:
Online Corporate Learning. Clayton Christensen Institute predicts phenomenal growth for online corporate learning initiatives. How big will it get? Well, there was the $107 billion figure of 2015. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants looked at that figure and estimated an annual 13% increase till 2017.
In fact, an increasing number of companies are realizing that there’s great value in furthering employee knowledge in a way that’s flexible, cost-effective, and tailored to individual needs. Businesses focused on corporate e-Learning have found a model that works – and works well, as opposed to MOOCs in their struggle to find a steady revenue stream despite growing popularity.
Unlike with classroom based training, people can move at their own pace, learn what’s needed and explore their own interests. It’s a nascent industry, but corporate e-Learning with their customized training and 24/7 feature promises to deliver new models of teaching and a future of exciting breakthroughs.
Online Competency-Based Training. Assessing. Training. These are three things that absolutely must coexist. It was unlikely for only two formats to elevate into the digital environment.
Now, competency based training and online learning are both nothing new. The blend of the two, however, is creating a revolutionary approach to education. This is something that has great disruptive potential, because it incorporates not just the right learning model, but the right technologies, customers and business model.
Michelle R. Weise, a Senior Research Fellow at Clayton Christensen Institute went on to add that, “This is something that can cost-effectively combine modules of learning into pathways that are agile and adaptable to the changing labour market.”
Skills Measurement. When learning moved to the digital world, it was obvious that assessments would follow with a disruption of its own. It’s a proud thing to discuss, considering Mettl and its skill assessment power.
An intensified focus began around identifying better ways to assess skills and measure individual progress in 2015, in conjunction with momentum in online corporate learning, of course. It promised to help explore further avenues in competency-based learning, and ultimately help measure ROI. We all know how important ROI is. Needless to say, for a digital learning environment to survive, we need to address better skills assessment.
In India alone, the online education market promises a $40 billion spread. The assessment sphere is most certainly vying to tap that potential and help it grow astronomically.
At the end of the day, the providers of these technologies create a portfolio of low cost stackable programs for a wide range of industries. Fusing modularization with assessments to effectively measure competencies, and then training them based on those competencies is what makes this happen.
The advantages of today are often replaced by the trends of tomorrow. Everything written here even, might soon become archaic – dust in the sands of history. But that’s the world we live in – one of aggressive growth. To be at the forefront of it always, well, that’s something we must all strive for. Who knows? This spur of greatness just might be what EdTech needs to push it into its next generation of innovation.