As companies and industries re-emerge vigorously after the epidemic, they will continue to introduce new trends that will reshape the domain of education.
Since the advent of Industry 4.0, higher education has undergone a steady transformation. In the case of executive education, there has been a significant evolution in both pedagogy and curriculum. These changes are essential if we expect to keep pace with a rapidly changing economic landscape, where a certain level of technical expertise is expected with domain efficiency.
The epidemic has accelerated this change with the visible shift in teaching-learning practices towards digital classrooms. As the effects of the epidemic begin to wane and we gradually return to normalcy, many of these changes are likely to remain. This is a positive change, as it will enable more effective ways of engaging students to ensure an holistic learning approach.
Below are some of the emerging technological, academic and global trends that are shaping higher education today:
Introduction of hybrid education
With the need to shift learning to virtual fields, the epidemic has witnessed the growing popularity of hybrid education that integrates both online and offline classes. In this mode, an instructor teaches a traditional classroom where some students join from a distance.
This learning format uses online educational material for both content and distribution. Also, it allows students some degree of control over their teaching time and speed. This method is still being developed, with different models followed by different organizations and trainers.
Acquisition of submerged content ground
Already a popular concept in corporate training, immersive education is now slowly gaining ground in higher education. Using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), educators try to create an immersive experience for students, deepening their engagement which, in turn, can create a more effective learning experience.
Immersed content provides a safe mode for experiential learning and helps students to grasp abstract ideas more effectively. An Accenture report found that the use of VR for vocational training resulted in a 12 percent higher accuracy and 17 percent faster execution rate.
There is a need for an in-depth understanding of modern technology
Businesses are increasingly applying modern technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, big data and virtual reality (VR) to enhance customer experiences and improve epidemics.
To enable students and young professionals to thrive in a business environment influenced by modern technology, universities and institutes are revising their curricula to provide in-depth instruction on basic concepts in AI, VR, blockchain and big data.
Involve students with gamefiction
Educators are incorporating game design elements such as peer competition, point scoring, teamwork, and score tables to capture students’ interest and engage with them better.
Gamification is being adopted to support collaboration, participation, self-directed study, creativity and learning in a variety of contexts and topics for retention. The play material to be used is decided according to the unique needs of the group that the educator is meeting.
The availability of a wide talent pool, a good ecosystem and low advance costs have enticed many technology and IT companies to establish their bases in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. This event, along with the introduction of the National Education Policy (NEP 2020), will accelerate the adoption of these emerging trends in the educational institutions of this city and prepare the new generation for improvement in the changing work environment.
“Change is inevitable. Change is constant. “The words of Benjamin Disraeli, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1867, are relevant in today’s dynamic business environment. Technological advancement.