There is a shift in how higher education occurs during these critical times of the COVID -19 pandemic. Physical classes are replaced with virtual classes. Technology is carrying the day when it comes to virtual learning.
The emerging technologies in higher education have shaped the entire mode of teaching and learning. Students and teachers are investing in digital technology to overcome the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The major threat to implementing the emerging technologies in education is the facility and most of the staff who are not tech-survey.
What is the impact of technology in education?
- Distance learning
Technology has increased access to education. With the current mode of study, more students can access learning materials despite their physical distances and disabilities. Students from remote areas can learn without the struggles of finding means of transport to school.
Some of the examples of emerging technologies in education includes the use of teleconferencing applications in teaching. A student can create a meeting on the application and let all other students across the globe access the same learning materials.
- Gamification learning
Currently, teachers are using this method to motivate students to learn. The students can create and game by utilizing the available tools and learn from the environment. Gamification makes learning more interesting by allowing students to learn through games.
- Video classes
With the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, virtual classes are the order of the day. Teachers can create a lecture and send them to students to study from home. Video classes make learning enjoyable as many students can have an interactive session similar to a traditional class while at home.
- Accessibility to the learning material
Technology has made access to learning materials easy for most students. Leaners can use the available digital tools while accessing their student materials either online or offline. Universities can convert a lecture into a colorful video and post it for the students to access it on the technological platforms. They can also transcribe the content in forms that students with challenges, such as deaf, can read.
The technological tools make it easy for the learner to engage with the materials and spare their time and money while accessing learning materials.
Other impacts of emerging trends in education
- Use of virtual reality
Some institutions have a master’s program where they send their students to remote areas to experience a new environment. Unfortunately, some students may not have the money and resource to access such opportunities. Virtual reality helps such students experience the same explore without going directly to the field.
For instance, the 3D printing organ can be used in showcasing how fish farming takes place in certain places of the world.
- Use of ed-tech tools
Such tools are used in showing the strength of different educational teaching methodologies. It allows sharing of knowledge through partition and collaboration.
Technology has created tremendous changes in the higher education sector. Those who were unable to attend physical classes due to one reason or the other can learn while at home. Professionals and students across the globe are enjoying the impact created by digital technology in education.