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The future of technology-enabled learning

Modern education technologies include virtual and augmented reality, data analysis, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. We have made a selection of technologies that are transforming education.

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What the new educational technologies will bring to the traditional school in the next five years

  • The traditional classroom-lesson system will die out, and everyone will be able to learn at their own pace, according to a personal curriculum, for as long as they need to get through the program. Strong students will be able to get ahead on their own, and weaker students will get more attention and support through quick feedback within programs and teacher time freed up specifically for them.
  • Checking papers, final exams, and the Unified State Exam will be automated.
  • The usual assessment system will change: computers can now automatically check not only tests but also essays, recognize images, assess the degree of participation in group work, and collect data on the successful completion of each example throughout the school year. Assessment will be by more complex parameters: personal progress, volume, depth of mastered material, and evaluation of 21st-century skills (communication, collaboration, creative thinking, critical thinking, digital skills).
  • The textbook will cease to be a book and become a digital learning environment where it will be possible to obtain knowledge in the form of tests, videos, simulators, animations, and a host of other new formats characteristic of digital media, and will acquire social functionality: it will be possible to discuss what has been learned, compare oneself with others, share success with friends, broadcast the results of research and projects to the outside world.
  • Parents, even unnoticed, will begin to participate more actively in the educational process, receiving notifications about their child’s life at school via cell phone (this is already in place). Educational apps will form reports on the child’s progress and give methodological recommendations on how a parent can help their child learn a particular topic – where to go, what to watch and read, what to talk about, and how to engage.
  • There will be prompt feedback, which previously did not exist in education. It used to be like this: you hand in your work and get the result in a week, and during that time, you have already gone through a new topic, and if you get a “C” on your work, then no one returns to the old case, and the unclear question remains so. On the Internet, many things are automated, and you get instant feedback; you know immediately where you made a mistake and can fix it immediately.
  • New educational methodologies will allow you to create content from many different pieces, putting it together yourself. Interdisciplinarity is becoming increasingly important in science. Today, you can take courses at the intersection of disciplines – take a part of biology, chemistry, and programming and assemble your system, which was impossible to do before.

Massive open online course

One of the most revolutionary modern educational technologies is the massive open online course – MOOC, which began at Stanford with Udacity and Coursera (in 2012) and with the MIT edX initiative.

Open online courses make quality education so accessible that it was impossible to imagine before – I, for example, grew up in Chisinau and could not even dream of being able to listen to lectures by world-class professors and receive diplomas for these courses from home.

At first, universities began to post their lectures; in particular, MIT made its library of studies for many years, then added other features. Finally, educational technology created an open, free course with test assignments that would allow you to say that a person completed it two years ago.

Electronic concierge

Singapore Polytechnic University has a “smart campus” – when students enter the building, an electronic concierge automatically identifies them. It can then alert them to important university events or suggest books recommended by professors. Data analysis can even identify students at risk of not completing their coursework on time so that professors can take action in advance.

Big data

When you set your search parameters on the Internet, the whole online world adjusts to your parameters. But, unfortunately, it is not yet the education case. In computer and online educational methods, you can collect and analyze data on, for example, a million clicks and see precisely what a person is having problems with, where he does not understand; you can compare him with other students; you can give recommendations on how to promote his learning, you can build personal trajectories.

Big data allow us to draw many interesting conclusions, making pedagogy into an exact science that was not before. If earlier we got information by interviewing a thousand people, conducting an experiment in a hundred schools, or evaluating the effectiveness of teaching several times a year, now we can measure anything on an infinite number of students and see what works and what does not, what methods and pedagogical techniques yield results, and what is an unprojected and unscalable effect of the charisma and personal characteristics of the teacher. Big data makes it possible to make the learning process more accurate.

AI assesses the quality of education.

The University of Technology Malaysia also collects data on its students from the start to the end of their studies. It tracks students’ “performance,” which also helps the university make decisions.

Researchers state that artificial intelligence already knows how to analyze lessons taught and give advice on how to make teaching better, and suggest that AI is the future of education.

Virtual High School.

Students in Japan can “attend” high school using a virtual reality headset. Through a smartphone app, students can listen to teachers, take tests, and interact with other students through a different online platform. Students are assigned mentor teachers who advise them on their studies and career choices and can communicate with them by phone or e-mail. If necessary, you can meet in person at the main campus in Okinawa or the Tokyo and Osaka campuses. The annual tuition fee for this virtual school is 100,000 yen ($972). Analysts believe virtual reality has great promise for education – and that it improves academic performance.

Digital Libraries

Remote access technology is also being used to improve literacy in Cambodia, which lacks the infrastructure to distribute books. In 2015, the Library in Asia for All pilot program provided digital libraries in five Cambodian elementary schools. As a result, about 4,700 children had access to children’s literature in the form of 100 digitized books in Khmer and English. To make this possible, each school has purchased tablets.

However, schools still have problems – primarily a lack of technological infrastructure. It is especially true because, according to some projections, education is moving to an online format.