Technology-driven learning is bringing a qualitative and quantitative difference to education. India has an enormous appetite for quality education and the introduction of online learning has changed the scenario of the Indian educational system, with its reach and economical access. Technology and education together are changing the face of global learning. With an overwhelming increase in mobile-connected devices, global data traffic and mobile video traffic, the EduTech sector is set to enter a new era. Now we can access knowledge online to keep pace with the latest developments. EduTech companies are driving further development of data-driven education technologies, leading to fundamental changes in how school and college students as well as professionals seeking new skills are learning.
In India, where mobile penetration is counting a billion people with over 300 million connected to the internet and is expected to reach 550 million by 2018, we have immense potential to digitally educate the masses. In fact, the past few years have seen a substantial rise in digital and live online interactive platforms at different levels of learning. With the evolution of technologies such as cloud computing, data centers and virtualization and its integration with the education industry, education and coaching institutions are witnessing a rapid rise in enrolments and added revenue.
Live Interactivity with professors or academicians, World Class Learning Pedagogy and High-Quality Content are the new buzzwords. Getting instructions from specialized instructors through live broadcasts at home or attending the recorded lectures increases students’ involvement and learning at higher levels of education. Video Content delivery, student-to-student interactions via video conferencing and virtual updating of textbooks are some of the unique advantages of digital learning that provide personalized attention to all students.
Video based learning also has an enormous potential to make any communication and information based activity more immersive and experiential. These technologies have the ability to take students out of the confines of the classrooms and engage them in different ways and methods.
Going offline is yet another digital innovation in our education system which allows students to access content offline or even in internet connectivity as low as 100 kbps. Learning is bringing a qualitative difference to education in rural and semi-urban areas of India. Although rural India has woken up to the online learning trend quite late because of the lack of a stronger mindset in smaller towns and infrastructural challenges, this issue has been gradually resolved. From mobile classrooms to online tutors, today there are hundreds of such startups passionate about transforming the education system in our country.
In the expanding digital age, the world is mirroring these scenarios, and the demand for quality education through digital platforms is increasing around the globe. The two important aspects, i.e. reach & accessibility to quality education through digital platforms has also given a boost to cross-border and cross-country learning. Among Indian students especially in Gulf countries for instance, we have witnessed significant growth in demand and acceptance for digital learning.
Technology intervention also bridges the gap in tier 2 and tier 3 cities giving them access to the best possible learning resources from across the world, at a very affordable price. The developing wave of adaptive learning facilitates the students with various levels of intellectual capabilities to garner vital skills at their own pace. Numerous coaching centres have also started developing quality study material that can be disseminated on an online platform. This is increasing the success ratio of people learning on online platforms exponentially
Considering the juggernaut of technological advancement in Educational technology or EduTech, we are witnessing 2017 to be a year full of innovative methods of imparting education. Technological revolution in student-teacher interface in the form of mobile learning is also generating great realism in a simulated environment. Mobile learning has encouraged ‘anywhere, anytime’ learning and has allowed students to gather, access, and process information outside the classroom.
Mobile learning has not only encouraged learning in a real-world context, but has also helped to bridge the gap between after school and home environments. A country that depends on the development of its educational sector for its economic and social growth, a surge in switching to technology-driven education will amply propel rural India towards empowerment.