Digital transformation is impacting the education ecosystem, both inside and outside of the classroom. Watch out for more things to come in the future, the quantity of digital assets and technologies students have access to has skyrocketed and online degrees are growing at 35% per year and that trend shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. When it comes to science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM) courses, the introducing of its online education has improved. And to be successful, online education has to be at least as good as can be better.

The advent of new technologies has radically transform what people learn, how they learn, and where they learn, the use of new media cast doubt on the speed and extent of change, the nature of digital learning points to the role of social, culture, and economic factors in shaping and constraining educational transformation in the digital era. Technology is significantly impacting the way students learn and the way teachers conduct lessons. As education technology (edtech) becomes more sophisticated, more available, and more engaging, schools and parents are better equipped to adapt to the different ways students look to learn.

Recent developments in digital learning technologies suggest that technologies like VR and AR and the use of mobile devices in learning are taking over, they will not only become a natural part of future classrooms but help kids learn like never before.

Lessons learned from past experiences paved the way for improvements and future advancements in education.

Today’s Reality of Learning

The greatest potential for virtual learning lies in its ability to help students visualise abstract scientific concepts, such as the human anatomy or food chains, by rendering them as fully 3D models that is overlaid over the real world. Students can interact, turn and study a model to their heart’s content. Teachers can then direct students to certain parts of the model, provide additional pointers or facts, and assign tasks based on the model.

Because today’s students are digital natives, it is essential that modern education matches the pace and convenience that these students are used to and modern students aren’t afraid of technology – in fact, they embrace it! They want education to be as connected as the rest of their lives and it is no longer enough that e-learning be flexible, convenient and cost effective. It must also be better than the face-to-face classroom experience, delivering a better experience and higher student engagement.

88 percent of parents and 84 percent of teachers are interested in having more at-home digital content available to supplement what’s being taught in school. The increasingly digital behaviors of students, teachers, and parents are expanding the way learning occurs. Understanding and positioning ahead of that behavioral shift will be critical in helping educational organizations succeed in the digital future.

Using the right digital assets offers the potential to vastly improve student outcomes in ways other technologies and approaches can’t achieve. Modern online learning tools, such allow both instructors and students to understand where they are in the learning process. This leads to competency-based learning, where we no longer have to teach the same way to all students but can instead adapt the materials to suit their particular needs.

At the professional level, a variety of advancements in the application of artificial intelligence are making training more modular, personalized, and objective-focused. When coupled with adaptive learning technology, this can greatly accelerate employees’ progression through on-the-job training and professional development courses. This means that corporate training and learning is no longer static and delivered in the best possible way.

Digital assets can constantly be iterated and improved, their effectiveness can be measured, and constant changes and adjustments made to address weaknesses, improve learning, and incorporate new content. Instead of making do with existing content while waiting for the next edition, improved learning materials can be rolled out in a matter of days.

Modern education in STEM courses, brings together a wide range of students in every course, with students coming from various countries and educational backgrounds, it can be a challenge for institutions and instructors to effectively teach every student. The digital course environments provide instructors with the ability to offer materials spanning the spectrum from enrichment to remediation. Students can work at their own pace, ensuring understanding of materials without the danger of being left behind.  Testing is key when dealing with a wide range of learners, and online systems can provide a variety of testing methods that help instructors identify and adapt to their students’ needs and STEM courses present complex concepts that typically require a great deal of hands-on learning.

Stepping into the Future

Augmented reality apps on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets have become better over time, students can already download apps that allow them to explore the solar system, understand geometry in 3D and learn the life cycles of plants. So we must invite the modern, cloud-based, digital learning system, which kindles keen learning interest among students, regardless of the future education-related trends because technologies are swiftly changing, right from virtual reality to 3D printing and more.

Meanwhile, do keep an eye on the evolving technologies and select the ones suitable for you.

The goal of online education should be to offer better learning outcomes and this must be the driving force behind further advancements in education. In order to assess improvements and the overall quality of education, one must have the ability to tangibly measure its effectiveness. Using modern online tools, instructors can measure such things as a student’s comprehension and success rate, the amount of time students spend on materials, and their engagement with the digital content. In addition, instructors can automatically identify learning breakdowns and use data analytics to determine materials that are most and least effective, while institutions can identify the best teachers, students and classes.

Educators can combine virtual learning apps with gamification elements to teach collaboration, critical thinking and self-learning skills into their students. They can also tailor the use of these technologies with different student strengths, for example, teachers can use virtual learning to aid the understanding of weaker students, while assigning competitive game-based tasks to the quicker students. As always, the teacher’s assessment of their pupils’ learning abilities and levels plays a crucial role in how the technology’s used.

For the first time, there is the potential to truly measure the education process and with data, we can measure how students learn, and use that information to improve learning for everyone.  The future of education looks even brighter!

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