Five things you should know about the future of education 

The way we view traditional classrooms is changing especially now in the wake of a global pandemic. Technology is permeating every facet of education and learning, which is changing the future of education in massive ways.

Many of the perks that were once offered by traditional classrooms have now been surpassed by online modern learning experiences. In a few short years, the field of education will look vastly different than it did 10 years ago. So let’s look at 5 things you should know about the future of education:

Voice technology will be infused into education

According to Digital Authority, voice-enabled technology in higher-ed organizations is going to be the norm rather than the exception in the future. Building on auditory-based learning, voice technology is helping learners grasp materials in a more interactive manner, which aids memory and comprehension. Seeing as how voice search is now pervading every area of our personal lives, it was only a matter of time before it made its way to the halls of education.

Voice search technology from Apple, Amazon, and Google have helped to considerably usher the era of voice search. Today, people are using voice search for all sorts of things. But in education, voice search is impacting education at both the personal and learning level.

For instance, these days, when college students are looking for information regarding on-campus happenings, they simply consult their school’s voice assistant. Most voice assistants can be used to help students locate rooms, register and drop classes as well as obtain any other university-related education that they need.

Thanks to voice technology, students are also now learning hands-free as they are on the go. It is not unusual to see students talking out loud to their voice assistants on the commute these days. Voice-enabled study aids are helping students study and better retain information.

Online learning will be the standard

Online learning has always been the future; something that for-profit colleges have known for years based on findings from CoolThingsChicago. Even though the pandemic has certainly helped the shift to occur much faster, at least 70% of the population is expected to start taking at least one online course. Online learning is a sensible alternative for students of all ages, whether they are at the preschool level or university students. Online learning is not only more convenient but is also more flexible in terms of timing as well as pace.

Online learning also allows for enhanced interaction between the learners and tutors. In an online learning environment, it is easier for the tutor to give a learner more attention compared to a traditional learning environment. Online learning also tends to be lower priced compared to traditional education, which makes education a lot more accessible to more interested individuals.

Virtual Reality in education

Virtual Reality is helping to expose new dimensions of learning. For instance, rather than use 2-dimensional images for learning, VR is being used to help students better understand concepts. Now, student doctors and neurology students, for instance, no longer have to rely on single-plan images for learning. Instead, they can take a closer look at the human body in 3D to help them better understand how it functions.

Soon enough, educators in social sciences and humanities will also start incorporating VR into the curriculum. With more universities beginning to explore VR’s potential, the future of education has never looked brighter.

Artificial intelligence

AI is impacting every facet of modern life but none more than education. AI in education is being used to improve student and teacher access, enhance outcomes at various learning institutions, improve student retention, all while lowering overall costs. AI is helping learning to become more personalized to the preferences of every learner, thus helping everyone to learn at their pace.

And it is not just learners that are using AI. A subset of AI known as Machine Learning is being utilized by researchers to analyze and learn from broad datasets to complete complex processes that would otherwise take months to complete. Colleges and universities are also relying on AI to make the admissions process not only more streamlined but also more personalized as well.

Cloud storage

Cloud storage has been around for a while. However, these days, it is helping to make the research process a lot easier for learners. Nowadays, researchers and students no longer have to spend hours going through piles of books and annotations to find a particular reference for their projects and assignments. With cloud storage making advanced research possible, the research process has never been more effective or straightforward.

Cloud computing is positively impacting things for teachers that are now able to link multiple programs and applications thus allowing students to have an enhanced learning experience. Thanks to cloud computing, students can respond to issued tasks and assignments in a range of ways whether that means uploading a video recording or sharing a document easily with their peers or course instructor.

Final thoughts

Are you afraid that robots will replace teachers, lecturers, and other educational professionals? Are you concerned at the accelerated rate with which AI is taking over the world? Do you have fears that VR reality among school-going children will get out of hand in a few years and that people will soon only want to exist in the VR dream worlds?

All these things stated above are only half-truths; fake news so to speak.  Indeed, the future can sometimes be scary. But no matter how scary the future seems, technological advancements in any industry, especially education, are inevitable. Sooner or later, almost every aspect of our modern lives will be shaped by technological advancements.

Thus, our task as life-long learners is to turn to technological advances with a more open mind so that we can prepare for the imminent changes as best as we can. Otherwise, the education sector risks being left behind; something that the field of education cannot afford as proven by this pandemic.