From Gurukul to the Digital Era, Indian Education has come a long way. Having catered education to more than 250 million students, it is one of the largest education systems by far, as published by Statista.
New Age Learning – The Digital Era
Flipping through books to running through webpages, somewhere technology grew, strong.
The Internet happened and things started shifting left.
No one would have imagined that someday, at some point in time we would be able to access all forms of information at a single click of a button.
Jan 2020, the darkest of time in recent history; it’s when the COVID-19 walked over the Indian soil. It was deadly, and unfortunately still is.
During these unprecedented times, education technology had our back.
And, all of it didn’t stop there, technology grew stronger day by day, shielding us from all the odds that were stacked against us.
Yes, the pandemic shut the doors of traditional classrooms. But, it gave rise to a whole new era of learning, Digital Learning.
Education Technology mushroomed like never before during these times and we found a new, innovative approach to learning.
Pandemic – A Hit & Miss
The pandemic caused classroom closure, which directly affected around 250 million learners in India, as reported by UNICEF.
The smash was hard enough to take as neither teachers nor students could show up at school to make the learning process further.
This was the time when education technology walked in as a savior.
Connecting the dots using electronic devices such as laptops and even mobile phones, the learning process was now seemed to gain momentum back.
The online classes, live sessions, and recorded lectures and edtech tools were doing an amazing part in adding value to the lives of learners.
In 2020, the primary mode of teaching and providing education was WhatsApp (75%), and after WhatsApp, phone calls between teachers, students, and parents ranked highest (37%), reported by UNICEF.
According to a report by Technavio, Indian Online Education Marketing is said to grow by USD 2.28 million during 2021 – 2025 at approx 20% CAGR.
Well, having covered the one side of learning was not enough the soar ahead of the pandemic.
Learning was taken care of by the e-Learning platforms, but conducting assessments and exams was still a challenge.
Education Technology had its time to shoot up and pour in some innovation to cater to these challenges thrown at us.
With powerful, top-notched solutions edtech carved a path for itself towards a fulfilling future.
According to the latest report by Grand View Research, the global education technology market is forecasted to hit USD 388.85 billion at a 19.9% CAGR, by 2028.
The pandemic seems like a hit and miss with the technology by our side.
What the future of Indian Education Looks like?
Yes, the pandemic has pushed us under four walls, but, at the same time technology has opened countless doors for us in terms of opportunities and growth.
Remote Learning, the learning model which was brought into effect during the pandemic seems unstoppable now.
The market for Online Learning and e-Learning services is said to grow by 15% annually, between 2020-2025, at a value of $50 billion.
Learning online made it easier for school-goers to master the skills that are not taught locally, the boundaries are exceeded relentlessly.
And, for folks who are pursuing higher education, the learning model drove in benefits inclusive of adhering to other commitments.
Upskilling while working a full-time job has now become possible due to remote and micro-learning.
The promising flexibility that this model has to offer is simply remarkable. No matter what position you work at and what working shift you work in, learning at your own pace has a different level of freedom to dwell in.
e-Learning has also become a proven alternative for workplace training. According to a study by IBM with its own remote learning initiative, learners are able to absorb 5X content, and that too at a one-third cost to the company, resulting in saving $200 million.
Remote is the new normal, and it certainly has got a reason to love and appreciate it.
Immersive Learning with AR and VR
According to a survey conducted by Lenovo, 54% of teachers and 41% of parents are inclined towards having Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality solutions to enhance the classroom learning experience.
Immersive learning is a perfect blend of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality which in turn makes learning fun.
Gamification of concepts is yet another thing that plays a vital role in this type of learning approach which draws 100% attention rate of the user.
For example, let’s consider you need to learn about a historical monument.
If you are offered a podcast to listen to about the monument which is 45 minutes long. How long do you think you would listen to it? 10-15 min?
Let’s say if you are given a documentary to watch about the monument which is 1 and half hours long. Can you watch it in full? 30 to max 45 mins at once stretch. Fair enough?
What made you drop off?
The engagement, isn’t it?
Now, let’s say you are provided with an Immersive Learning experience with real-time visuals and elements, how do you think you would ignore the experience?
No way, right?
That’s the magic of immersive learning. It is 5X more engaging than any other media.
What makes Immersive Learning a better experience is the involvement of multiple human senses, fewer distractions, and the emotional connection.
Above everything, Immersive learning yields 75-90% of knowledge retention rate, according to the TouchStone Research.
Classrooms of the future are not supposed to resemble what we have today. The rate at which education technology is progressing, in the coming 3-5 years AR will replace the traditional classroom experience for sure.
India is the second-largest consumer of mobile phones with nearly 800 million. AR/VR does not limit its scope to any specific devices, so the room to spread around is very big.
The education sector alone is forecasted to invest around $6 billion annually in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality by 2023.
This is a clear sign that traditional classrooms may evaporate, soon.
Adaptive Learning Technology
One size doesn’t fit all!
Traditionally, learning had a simple one-dimensional approach where all of the students would gather under the same roof and learn a set of subjects or concepts.
Gone are the days when the education system didn’t really look deep into the understandings of each individual student over a particular concept.
The growing technology has now taken the charge of time and has enabled the new-age learning, adaptive learning.
Adaptive Learning is custom-tailored learning approach to address the unique needs of individuals alongside the just-in-time feedback and guidance to understand the concepts in a better way.
Adaptive learning the name itself suggests the approach. When a student is tutored by an instructor beside him/her, the tutor makes sure that all the confusions and hurdles are resolved with personalized attention.
Here, the challenge is addressing the exact needs of more than one or two learners at the same point in time is technically ineffective for an instructor.
Enters Adaptive Learning technology.
When we are in talks about scaling an experience, it certainly involves technology.
Adaptive Learning technology isn’t something that would replace the educator!
It is something that would emulate and support the greatest of the educators to standardize the learning methodologies and scale it up to tens and thousands of learners.
As per the report by MarketWatch, in 2019 the global Adaptive Learning Software market size was US$421.2 million and was expected to reach US$957.1 million by the end of 2026, with a CAGR of 12.3%.
With the ever-evolving education technology, it wouldn’t be a surprise to any if we see the market turning upside down, soon.
Nano Learning! It’s as interesting as the name itself.
Nano is a unit measure for the one-billionth proportion of the stated unit.
Coming back, Nano Learning is the one-billionth proportion of knowledge of the book or a concept.
With the increasing social and media interactions, attention span has become a major hurdle on the path of learning.
Nano Learning is one such approach that makes learning interesting.
Nano Learning is nothing but a subset of bite-size learning.
To break it down further, let’s walk through a scenario.
Consider, there is this new app on the PlayStore about Stock Market Trading. You have downloaded it but you don’t know how to use it.
Would you watch a full-length video of 53 minutes that explains everything at one go?
Definitely not! Who does that, right?
What about 4 videos of 15 to 12 minutes each? Fair enough, right?
It’s called micro-learning!
And to further this, let’s say you are provided with 10 videos each of 3 to 5 minutes in length explaining one feature at a time. What do you think? Wouldn’t that be amazing?
That’s what we call Nano Learning.
The bite-size approach breaks down the whole of a concept into pieces and improves retention up to 80%.
The Global Bite-size learning market size is expected to grow from US$1.5 billion in 2019 to US$ 2.7 billion in 2024, at a CAGR of 13.2%.
The learners of today share a different opinion on how they should learn, then why should educators stay back and not adapt to the newer capacities of learning?
After all, Edtech is the Future!