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Top 10 Trends In Education Sector

Here are some of the top education technology trends that have been on our radar recently!

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As innovators in the education and learning assessment space, Wheebox keeps an eye on emerging trends, terms, and technology in the education technology industry. The increasing influence of technology in education has offered a glimpse into a gradually evolving realm of unconstrained learning. Technology has changed everything in our lives - what we thought we knew, what we were accustomed to - and has helped us explore new dimensions to achieve our objectives more effectively and efficiently.

Here are some of the top education technology trends that have been on our radar recently!

1.    Adaptive Learning through Artificial Intelligence

Adaptive learning has the potential to solve a crucial challenge in classroom learning - how to engage learners of different abilities in the same classroom! Adaptive learning systems use machine learning and to help personalize the presentation of learning material based on their learning speed, interest and problem areas.

In the hands of teachers, this can become an important tool to ensure more uniform learning. Machine learning along with natural processing and speech recognition technologies are also facilitating the development of conversational programs, also called chatbots. The bots can be programmed to provide a wide variety of services such as tutoring.

2.    Maker Space 
A maker space provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering.

A maker space takes collaborative elements from a science lab, crafts corner, computer lab or an art room to create something of an impact.

On line of the modern approach to learning, maker spaces encourage students to consume and not just create, promoting learning through experimentation and creativity. Maker spaces are cross disciplinary and truly combine all the skill sets and knowledge students learn in other classes.

3.    Learning Analytics : The emergence of Little Data
It is often said, "What gets measured is what gets done". The focus is shifting from big data to 'little' data. Little data is personal activity data which when analyzed by intelligent systems, is able to provide key insights into the way students learn. It may well become an important source of information and insight for decision-making for educators.

It may also unlock new potential for personalization of tools and content. By adding the right information capture mechanisms and real-time insight capabilities, traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS) can now vastly enhance the teaching-learning experience.
The implications of a data-driven approach will be far-reaching and will permeate not just teaching & learning but other areas including guidance on career choices.

4.    Virtual And Augmented Reality

This has probably been the most talked about trend of 2017.  Virtual Reality immerses the user in a virtual or imaginary environment. Immersive educational environments are already being used to provide learners with a life-like experience in subjects as diverse as history and chemistry.

Augmented Reality, on the other hand, is a technology used to present an enhanced version of reality where elements of the physical real-world environment are augmented with digital learning experiences. AR/VR technologies help learners experience and interact with digital learning objects to support their learning.

Educators, who earlier had print or digital images/animations for teaching support, now can leverage these high-fidelity educational experiences to achieve better learning outcomes.

5.    Remote Proctored Assessments
New forms of technology-mediated assessments have enabled a big shift from fixed-in-point summative assessments, which are today at the core of the learning process, to more continuous and adaptive formative assessments. Remote Proctored assessment solutions are clearly more customizable, interactive, secure and quick to deliver with the pervasive use of broadband and technology.

They work across multiple platforms (mobile included) and offer detailed interactive dashboards to analyze performance from various aspects. The ability to store historical assessment data and compare progress over time can be used to establish a trend and also draw inferences on the learners' progress in the context of learning. Online testing also brings in the benefits of anytime testing, remote proctoring, real-time audio-video integration and also more personalized testing.
2018 promises to be an interesting year for education, clearly with edtech disrupting traditional methods, pedagogies and mindsets. Its seamless integration with print and classroom practices will be central to its success in the Indian context, and wider acceptance by stakeholders the key to its longevity! Companies like Wheebox have pioneered in this space and have grabbed major education campuses to move their high stake exams and certifications to remote proctored assessment technologies.

6.    Gamification in Learning : Hackathons in Learning
Instead of traditional education methods like step-by-step or rote learning, using video games and incorporating other game elements in education can motivate students to understand better and do well in their exams. Compared to the traditional classroom learning set up, gamification cuts down boredom and increases the overall productivity. Here, students are made to work in teams, collaborate and get connected to many learners in the same virtual space.

7.    Flat Cloud Technology 
In 2018, Flat cloud computing will continue to make learning a more streamlined experience for pupils. Students will no longer worry about files and documents being lost or deleted, or buying multiple USB flash drives to save their assignments. Essays, content related to projects, schedules and assignments will be shared more easily and securely stored on the cloud, such as Google Docs.

With more centralized storage for resources, cloud-based technology will allow educators to increase their reach and share information without increased expenditure, or additional time pressure.

8.    Mobile- Capsule style education
Today, many pupils own a mobile device. Tapping this technology for learning in 2018 will improve engagement and motivation across all learning abilities. Mobile learning will also offer greater flexibility and accessibility for learning at home. Connecting mobile technology and devices within the classroom will allow teachers to provide a fully immersive, integrated learning experience for all learning styles and abilities.

Thank to candidates' intuitive use of technology, in 2018 more schools will adopt capsule like experiences for their front of class displays and incorporate this with camouflaged learning techniques and the gamification of learning. Traditional interactive whiteboards are becoming harder to scale or costly to replace, whereas SMTs are turning to more future-proof, upgradeable technologies.

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Nirmal Singh

The author is Founder & CEO - (Global Online Assessment Company)

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