Technology’s transformative state is shaping all areas of our lives, and education is in undergoing several technology-driven changes. This is beneficial in several levels especially in attaining a status quo. A look the dynamic world of digital marketing, and the fact that you no longer need to visit a classroom to get the sought after education is an example of just how effective technological changes have been to the education sector.
Education trends foresee the following changes in 2018 and the future as education gets as easy as looking for an injury lawyer.
2017 was a big year of the cryptocurrency world seeing an increase in types of coins. While blockchain doesn’t offer solutions to the world’s problems, there are several ideas which show how the blockchain platform will be of benefit to the higher education sector.
There is a possibility of you receiving educoins for releasing your research data under platforms with the Creative Commons license, specifically for reuse. The University of Northhampton supports this possibility.
Also, the future of education technology could see the use of blockchain to reduce the friction at the border checks and customs processes, once the UK leaves the EU. This will be beneficial to international students looking for education opportunities in the UK, well, unless Brexit means that international students are unable to get to the UK to study in the colleges and universities of their choice.
- Online education for students unable to access visas
For students unable to cough up enough money to travel abroad or when Brexit no longer allows students to obtain visas, the learning analytics project an increase in the number of online education. Some online startups for education already support the idea of nanodegrees, a course wholly complemented by mentoring from the engineers already working in the field.
The good thing about nanodegrees is that there are no universities involved so, the startups like Udacity bypass the sector going directly to the firms in need of new skills.
- Academia in the dark web
The freedom of movement affects the higher education sector. With the loss of valuable information on climate change because of a few parties who don’t want to protect data or deal with the scientific realities of climate change, having a community of scientists operating behind the scenes could be the only thing that will save the education and findings scientists have invested themselves in.
- Learning Analytics
The use of learning analytics is going to be of help to universities helping them stay ahead. This is possible through repurposing of data that comes out of the interactions with the IT systems. What do you think about the possibility of clicking on a link in a virtual learning environment that lets you know how engaged your students are?
The use of AI lets you predict interventions that can help students achieve their potential.
- Virtual Reality and Gamification
Passive methods of learning have low retention rates, and there should be more of participatory learning for the students. The use of immersive learning techniques that involve the use of augmented reality, virtual reality, and gamification give students first-hand experiences through graphical simulations that enhance learning by extending the concept of experimental education.
Other futuristic ideas and trends include AI and cloud-based technologies in education.