The Future of EdTech in India
Education technology, commonly referred to as EdTech, has the potential to revolutionize the reach and depth of education being disseminated across the globe. While it may seem that technology is already omnipresent, in education, the truth is that we are just at the beginning. For a geography as diverse and disparate as India’s, this is especially true. EdTech can help us take quality education to every part of the country. Let us see how EdTech might evolve, in the coming years.
A shift to adaptative learning
All educators are well aware that each student has a different cognitive level and a different capacity for each subject. This means that each student has their own, specific learning requirements. Unfortunately, most educators do not have the time to cater to these requirements. EdTech solutions might just have the answer to this problem. Well-made EdTech solutions can judge each student’s response to training and then tailor the training their individual needs.
Using more videos
One of the most basic elements of EdTech are the video lectures. It is already quite common to see these videos in informal usage, but soon we will see such videos included into the curriculums of institutions devoted to higher, advanced, and specialized education. We will see the world’s best specialists recording videos that will help students, worldwide, for years to come. The job of the classroom teacher will then be to discuss the takeaways of the videos and answer queries. Institutions, across the world, are beginning to realize the efficiency of this approach.
Giving more time for educators to spend on core work
In the future, educators will have much more time to focus on core work, as day-to-day tasks will be fully automated. Even grading will no longer be done manually. In fact, objective responses can already be graded automatically and soon subjective responses will be too. This will be made possible through the deployment of artificial intelligence that have specifically been designed for this task.
Using analytics to make career decisions
If given the proper input, a well-designed algorithm can provide many useful deductions about an individual’s skills and interests. These deductions can prove invaluable to judging the sync between the individual and their career choices. EdTech will prove to be very valuable in the field of career counseling.
Developing collaborative tools
Most everyone is aware of how seamlessly technology can be used for collaborating on leisure pursuits. Soon we shall see the development and deployment of tools that will allow us to collaborate, just as well, on matters of education. These tools will allow inter-class and intra-class students to learn together, in fun and exciting ways.
Changing the classrooms
Some technology enthusiasts believe that EdTech will eventually render the traditional, brick and mortar, classrooms obsolete. I, however, do not believe that EdTech has such potential. EdTech is a valuable aid, but there are some skills that it cannot teach. In fact, I would argue that EdTech will only reach its full potential once the institutions fully adopt it. This is the scenario that will be the best for EdTech, the institutions and the students. EdTech will not replace classrooms, just make them more collaborative and discussions-driven!
The following article has been inspired by the thoughts of Mr. Mayank Srivastava. He is the Founder of Experts’ Global, one of the world’s leading EdTech firms in the field of GMAT prep and MBA admission consulting.