British universities have always ranked highly on a global scale and lead innovation in teaching and research. Yet the use of technology in education is highly variable and is rarely fully integrated. Our world is growing increasingly complex at an increasingly rapid pace and the software revolution is reshaping the economy. With the financial uncertainty of Brexit yet to play out, and the need to satisfy increasing student expectations, institutions will need to develop digital strategies to overcome potential hurdles. We’ve partnered with numerous institutions over the last 15 years to help them realise their digital potential. From Cardiff University to Oxford University’s Department Of Engineering Science and Department Of Earth Sciences. Digitalisation in education goes beyond the eTextbook. Students and teachers can now customise the learning experience from videos and games, to leveraging technology platforms, and even tracking student progress.
Read on for ways in which we’ve seen technology transforming the way the education sector operates.
Much of the information that only teachers possessed in the past is now available to students online, challenging the old model of teachers presenting content and students absorbing it. As a result, educators are now leveraging technology to create a different role for themselves in their classrooms. Instead of using class time to spoonfeed information, technology is helping them use their time with students to advance problemsolving, communication and collaboration – exactly the type of higher-order skills that leading education specialists say should be the goals of education for today’s world.
The classroom has plenty of areas where automation can improve the student and teacher experience. The education industry also has roles outside of the classroom that could benefit from being technologically enhanced. From onboarding a new student in a class, to helping people understand how and where to access school resources, these processes can easily be simplified and streamlined by way of automation to further free up educators’ time for more impactful work.
Chatbots and virtual assistants offer students an outlet to share their stress and can improve their motivation to study. These can also help students manage their mental well-being. One additional benefit of having chatbots at universities to answer students’ questions is the large volume of data that would be obtained regarding student’s concerns and interests. This data could be analysed to help enable universities to create innovative new services and programmes to further improve students’ educational experiences.
In the era of digital devices, we have an opportunity to enable better learning with technology. Virtual reality can be used to enhance student learning and engagement. Virtual reality education can transform the way educational content is delivered; it works on the premise of creating a virtual world (real or imagined) and allows users to not only see it, but also interact with it. Being immersed in what you’re learning motivates students to fully understand.
When big data analytics and artificial intelligence are used correctly, personalised learning experiences can be created. Every student would enjoy a completely unique educational approach that’s fully tailored to his or her individual abilities and needs. This could directly increase students’ motivation and reduce their likelihood of dropping out. It could also offer tutors a better understanding of each student’s learning process, which could enable them to teach more effectively
So there you have it, some key things to consider when streamlining digital solutions for your education organisation.
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