The future of global education is looking bright, thanks to the transformative power of technology; however, it will require the reskilling of educators who can leverage these new technologies
How technology will transform global education in 2023
By India Today Web Desk: As we enter 2023, the top universities continue to be happy with the conventional sage on the stage model. Like every other industry, there could be a change in the university ranking pecking order, benefiting innovative and agile institutions.
Talking about the future of education in 2023, AI-driven personalisation, cloud-based delivery of content, game-based learning and smart classrooms would likely make the most impact.
These technologies/tools are not easy to implement, but nothing worthwhile has been achieved easily.
Online education has the perception that it is unengaging and a poor substitute for the real thing. However, new cutting-edge technologies are fast changing this perception.
For example, an online learning technology called ELO (Engaged Learning Online) has the ability to pretty much replicate an actual classroom down to its last detail, including making eye contact and having one-on-one conversations with your teacher. ELO features a wide range of technology-driven learning tools, including a go faster/go slower tab that gives real-time feedback to the teacher to adjust the pace of teaching.
AI-POWERED TUTORING AND ADAPTIVE LEARNING
AI-powered tutoring and adaptive learning have revolutionised how students learn and interact with their instructors. With the help of AI, students can receive tailored instruction according to their individual needs and learning pace.
AI-powered tutoring also allows for automated feedback and assessment to improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE USING METAVERSE AND INTERACTIVE VR
Metaverse is a rapidly-evolving technology that provides students with an immersive and interactive learning experience. It allows learners to explore virtual worlds, engage in simulations and interact with avatars in real time. Educators can use metaverse to create collaborative virtual classrooms, schools and even universities, providing a unique learning experience for students.
It also helps teachers track student progress, assess performance, and provide personalised feedback. Honestly, I think its still a few years away from being actually used, but its still worth thinking about.
Interactive virtual reality (VR) classrooms are also becoming increasingly popular as the technology allows students to experience a new way of learning.
With the help of VR, teachers can take students on virtual field trips to places around the world or even to outer space! VR can bring life to concepts discussed in class and enhance the learning experience by providing realistic simulations of real-life scenarios. My students would love to go to Mars without the rigorous training before the trip!
SMART TEXTBOOKS AND E-LIBRARIES
Smart textbooks and e-libraries are becoming increasingly popular as they enable students to access learning materials anytime and anywhere. With AI-powered search engines, students can quickly access the information they need, even in large datasets.
Smart textbooks are equipped with interactive features, such as quizzes, simulations, and videos, that give students a more immersive learning experience. Additionally, e-libraries provide students with access to resources from different parts of the world and give them the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other cultures and societies.
DATA-DRIVEN DECISION-MAKING IN EDUCATION
By leveraging data-driven insights, educators can make informed curriculum, instruction, and assessment decisions.
Data-driven decision-making can help identify potential areas of improvement in schools and enable administrators to prioritise and distribute resources where they are most needed. They can better understand student performance and adjust the curriculum accordingly. In our MBA classroom, we have shifted the focus from decision-making to data-driven decision-making. This is a skill every graduate must possess.
INTEGRATION OF AI IN EDUCATION
AI-powered chatbots, like ChatGPT, and virtual teaching assistants can help teachers manage large classes, personalise learning experiences and provide instant feedback to students and teachers. Everything is personalised these days, and education is catching up. At SP Jain, our students have created an AI application that determines which students should be admitted or not. This has led to interesting conclusions.
GAMIFICATION OF EDUCATION
Gamification involves incorporating game-like elements such as points, leader boards, badges, rewards and challenges into learning activities to make it more engaging. This approach has been proven to be beneficial in improving students’ motivation and engagement levels, increasing retention and providing a better understanding of the material.
Some examples of game-based learning include educational games, simulations, virtual reality, interactive quizzes and puzzles. This trend is being embraced by educators worldwide and is likely to continue to grow in 2023.
The future of global education is looking bright, thanks to the transformative power of technology; however, it will require the reskilling of educators who can leverage these new technologies. It is time for us to embrace the exciting changes that technology is bringing to education and look forward to a bright and innovative future. This is just the beginning, as the talent we produce must match the needs of modern companies.
By Nitish Jain, President, SP Jain School of Global Management.