Nelson Mandela once emphasized the impact of Education on lives, quoting, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. True to its core, it is Education and Innovation that saved the world today. Though the Covid-19 has changed many things in the past two years, it is undeniable that humans and Technology together can achieve more extraordinary things.
Emerging Technology has provided us with the opportunity to never miss out, especially in academia. Before the pandemic, the education sector was skeptical about employing Technology in the classroom. However, with the hardship of the Covid-19 pandemic, various education institutions adapted to the times and implemented emerging Technology to impart Education. Let’s take a look at how has Emerging Technology been revolutionizing academia.
Artificial Intelligence in Education
AI has taken an important place in daily lives, and it is the same with Education. The pandemic has created a space for educational institutions to embrace AI as their tool to have better administration, efficiency, automate grading system and also support students receive better feedback to perform better in their academics. The Technology is highly adaptive and time-saving as it helps students make strategic study tables by focusing on topics that require additional attention.
Artificial Intelligence also allows learning to be highly personalized, catering to the needs of each student, helping the teachers attend to every student differently, thus enhancing the subject’s expertise in the Covid times. With the increase in adaptive learning programs, skill-based learning courses etc., AI has truly made Education individualistic and personalized.
Machine Learning and Data Analytics to Evaluate Students
Data analysis using machine learning is yet another technology that helps students attaining higher education programmes. While Manual evaluation is time-consuming and either based on certain subjective assessment is biased and has limitations.
Machine Learning helps students by drawing a pattern of their assessments and evaluate their results. Along with it, data analytics provides accurate feedback that can be shared with the students by the instructor about their performance. Data-driven analysis is systemized, error-free and can be beneficial for future tasks.
IoT for Monitoring and Tracking
IoT refers to things that can be connected with the internet to transfer or receive data. These things are great to operate automatically without any human intervention. Like many other sectors, IoT is helpful for the education sector to manage the administrative front of a school, university, or academic institution.
Not just digital learning, but test, assessments and exams are also conducted over the internet. IoT serves best to act as a face detector, help in student monitoring during exams, etc. With the high demand for digital learning, IoT devices are also easily available and affordable. The administration can also use it to track paperwork and help keep students away from unrelated content over the internet and cyberbully.
E-Tutors and Chatbots
E-tutors have become a widespread name as Technology is developed to help students improve their academic learning. These E-tutors or chatbots imitates an instructor and help students have conversational based learning, creating an environment that induces learning like real humans. These chatbots can identify distractions, note the attention span of students even detect the slightest change of emotions. These are essential to cope up with stress and anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Students and guardians highly value this Technology as it is an instant assistant that can be available across various screen without a time restriction. Administrations even use chatbots to resolve parental queries related to scholarships, admission process, admission criteria, admission process, fee-related doubts etc.
As a higher education institution, there are chances that you might be receiving thousands of questions from prospective students or their guardians about the admission process, fee-related queries, college or exam schedules, merit list, syllabus, etc. And here you can completely avoid human intervention. Setting up help desks or appointing representatives is a big-budget affair. Whereas, chatbots could be a cost-effective alternative to your problems.
Virtual Reality is an Emerging Technology that has been a boon to many industries like Gaming, construction and architecture, healthcare, training, etc. It has come a long way to contribute its most to the education sector. It is known to a broader spectrum of audiences as a medium to encourage learning and engagement among students.
VR creates a simulating experience that squeezes the gap between Real and Alternative Reality. This Digital environment is visually appealing as well as highly interactive, thus imparting the best learning experience. Visual has always been a better channel to reach young minds, and it is now being used even for higher Education to create a complete practical experience. It emphasizes rational, realistic thinking rather than just theoretical knowledge.
These are some of the Emerging Technologies that are having a profound impact on the education sector. Education is about sharing knowledge, activating all the grey matter, and today, Technology allows us to seamlessly share knowledge and collaborate and engage. We at Big Innovation Centre, India is trying our best to create an atmosphere that empowers students, working professionals, innovation leaders to come together and join this team of innovation explorers that would act as a solution for the rest of the world. Join our Membership Programme here: https://biginnovationcentre.in/memberships/