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Higher Education in India Needs to Reform With a Rapidly Digitizing World

Author:- Arun Bisaria
Oct 04, 2018

According to a study, higher education in India is expected to grow by 1.3 million each month till 2025. Looking at the immense growth in the working population, there are numerous digital platforms launched to educate the growing working population with relevant advanced skills.

A source reveals that the Edtech industry will hit the 252 billion dollar mark in 2020. Currently, blended learning, which contains the elements of both digital leaning and classroom teaching, is already being popularly incorporated across all sectors. Very soon, blended learning will give way to 100% online learning with changing trends.

Here are a few Edtech industry trends that are changing the education scenario in India:

Global Accessibility: The current internet penetration is 46.8 percent and is expected to grow to 53.7 percent by 2021. Given the various seamless technological advancements, it is guaranteed that online programs will gain a lot of weightage and the students all over the globe will seek universal accessibility of digital programs online.

Responsive Course Content: The learners will look for courses that offer responsive content, which means that the content will adjust itself to various devices to make learning more personalized and approachable.

Economical Pricing of Edtech Education: The education ahead is going to be much economical provided it is mingled with technology. The traditional classroom programs cost a bomb to the students, forcing them to depend on educational loans. It is for this reason that many students refrain themselves from going abroad to study. But with the changing scenario in Edtech, the classroom programs will be widely available via digital classrooms at a much affordable price and the flexibility of using them at will.

Virtual Reality As a Facilitator: Using Virtual Reality, many well-established universities in India and abroad are already offering an immersive learning experience to the students. Thus, the limitations of physical tangible classrooms are overcome by creating a virtual supporting environment for learners to interact with instructors and educators. Real-life simulations can also be created to impart hands-on skills or to give live training to the learners.

Use of e-learning Analytics: Using e-learning analytics, the course designers will be able to improve the program effectiveness by ensuring better learner engagement. Using Artificial Intelligence tools, e-learning programs will provide better retention of information and a better ROI with appropriate use of data. The e-learning algorithms will also be used to impart personalized trainings based on an individual’s performance.

These are just a few ways in which technology will seamlessly improve the education system. The use of state-of-art methods will benefit the students, the educational sector as a whole and the corporates as well. The digital education is surely going to grow by leaps and bounds to create a strong foothold in the educational world. With advent of Edtech, the demand for multi-skilled employees will also grow many fold as the employees will have access to learn new skills.

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