Technology is one of the most impactful driver behind education evolution, and plays a critical role to innovate in the design and delivery of education.
Today’s learners are like Kites in a Hurricane, going with the digital flow and requiring very high end mentoring from the educators. The essence of “Global, Boundry-less Knowledge Management” is a reality now, and edtech is being watched as a vital tool to realise this for Indian education ecosystem.
As a modern day tool edtech must align the academic assessments from existing C to the future C, that is, Curriculum to Careers. It will also mean that the education/knowledge can be imparted through technology anytime, anywhere, agnostic to time and space.
The role of edtech is to achieve a journey from career initiation to enhancement. In other words it should manifest life long learning.
The R.E.L.I Framework
In our assessment, edtech infusion has four important stakeholders – Regulators, Educators, Learners and Institutions. Infusion of technology will be realistic only of the elements of RELI come together and act on common grounds.
Trending in edtech now a days are practices by regulators where technology interventions are being mandated in universities around the world. For that, the regulators are first getting re-skilled to understand edtech and its evolutions. The global edtech trends being pushed by regulators also includes Digital/Biometric Proctoring: Anytime, Anywhere permitted,
A few examples of this can be virtual 3D classrooms adoption on the lines of Edorble.com, augmented reality solutions to be adopted by publishers in higher education, gamification and simulation of job profiles and its assessment for job seekers done by Simulanis and Gradopedia, adding life skills programs into the curriculum through virtual reality by Ahhaa.com and more.
A vital learning curve enhancement through technology has started in the pre-school era where cognitive skills are being focussed heavily and solutions from TinyTapps and Fundamentor are in the same direction.
Impact Of Edtech On Educators
It is a no brainer that educators must transition to being know tech partners of learners and it’s no longer an 8AM to 3PM of classroom engagement inside physical spaces. The vital impact of edtech for teachers is multi-dimensional and directional.
Personalised learning plan development and adaptive learning has no second alternative now, since the learner’s world has evolved way and beyond. Such solutions from the likes of Ekin Knowledge are helping educators be ahead of the curve.
An educator with great pedagogy skills and great content uses all aspects of technology when in or outside a classroom. However, sometimes great educators are left with bad content to deliver, where aggregation of relevant information through technology becomes a good tool at hand. However, there are instances of traditional pedagogy being adopted by educators where there is a chance to deliver great content to students, which happens through high impact technology tools.
The C.D.E.F Framework
Today’s educators need technology to understand the kind of learning outcomes being expected and potential career choices of learners. This is where the C. D. E. F Framework kicks in.
Technology can help educators understand what kind of aspirations does the student have, is he going to be a Corporate Leader, the C of the Framework, or he is willing to pursue higher education as more Degree Bundles creation, the D of the framework. The student may have a winning streak to be an Entrepreneur, the E of the Framework and/or the one being taught will become a hands on Freelancer, the F of the Framework.
In all the four dimensions of learners, educators and universities must understand the traits and ambitions of the learners, but putting in technology intensive profilers.
There is always a global window of education available to students and technology is enabling these global education aspirants to understand their program fitment and how to seal the opportunity, something being facilitated by Abroadshiksha.com
Today’s education system doesn’t distinguish between the CDEF characteristics of the learner’s and hence a ‘One Size Fits All’ approach has been followed. In order to make education relevant to each type of learner, edtech becomes the most vital ingredient in the learning and development process.
It is through the infusion of technology assessments that the admission process would know what kind of a student is applying, does the guy aspire to be a C,D,E or F. Midway of education, an adaptive analytic plan would be able to reassess whether the future path of the learner is intact of has pivoted. In any which way, edtech infusion can tweak and modulate the methods to make the learner reach their respective goals.
About The Author
[Rishi Kapal is the Global Strategist and CEO at EduGild.]
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