Three ways the education sector is innovating

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Innovation is an important part of the education process. After all, this sector is largely responsible for shaping future minds, so educators and institutions must constantly seek new ways to deliver the best possible learning experience. 

Embracing technology, in particular, has helped to keep schools and universities on the cutting edge, but it’s important not to blindly integrate every new gadget that enters the market. Decision-makers need to be discerning about the type of innovations they look to leverage to support students and teachers, both from a practical perspective and a financial one. In this post, we explore three things we’re noticing – particularly in universities – when it comes to innovation in education.

AI integration

Just about every sector in the world is looking to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into daily processes. In education, both teachers and students are realising the benefits of using automated tools to augment the learning process. We’re seeing this more and more across the sector, especially in higher education. In fact, many universities have now added policies around fair standards and the ethical use of AI to deter students from using the technology as a means of cheating.

Similar in many ways to its application in the business world, educators can leverage AI to streamline their day-to-day responsibilities by automating repetitive tasks like grading or administrative jobs. This frees up more time for teachers to focus on the ‘human’ element of the classroom experience and have more contact time with their students.

Flipped classrooms

In a traditional system, pupils will walk out of a class having learned about a new topic they weren’t familiar with before the lesson. As the name suggests, the concept of a flipped classroom reverses this approach, meaning students are introduced to a new topic or material outside the classroom ahead of the lesson. The rationale behind this method is teachers’ time will be freed up for more in-depth discussions and exercises, while also allowing students to learn at a pace more conducive to their individual preferences.

While it’s by no means an entirely new concept, flipped learning gained more traction during the pandemic when institutions were forced to modernise their teaching methods. There are clear benefits to this technique, but it won’t necessarily be right for everyone. Not only does its efficacy entirely depend on students’ willingness to complete the work ahead of time, but often, the teaching is delivered through video-based lessons, and this digital dependence won’t suit everybody.

Education in the metaverse

The metaverse might feel like a futuristic concept, but it’s becoming increasingly commonplace in the classrooms of today, and one study suggests that, in the US alone, there may be as many as 9.1 million users in the education sector by 2030. This technology can be leveraged in so many different ways to offer personalised learning experiences and instantaneous feedback from AI companions to emulate traditional classroom processes.

The metaverse can be particularly useful for vocational courses since it can simulate real-world settings and situations for students to apply what they’ve learned in a more realistic way. Such immersive learning experiences can be a really effective way to build confidence and expose students to more realistic challenges they might not encounter in the lecture hall or classroom.

Fostering innovative learning environments

For the education sector to keep innovation at the forefront of the learning experience, it requires the buy-in from all stakeholders – students, teachers and policymakers. Fortunately, while there is often some resistance to new technologies, on the whole universities seem to be embracing the opportunities brought about by modern advances in EdTech, helping to cultivate more engaging learning environments that’ll shape the minds of the future.

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