Future Focus: Top 8 EdTech Trends To Watch Out For In 2024
January 9th, 2024
This blog was first published on eLearning Industry: https://elearningindustry.com/future-focus-top-edtech-trends-to-watch-out-for
Education technology has been the primary driver of individualized, intuitive, and practical learning environments across learning groups. Today, it has become an indispensable part of educational delivery. Explore the top EdTech trends that are expected to shape the evolution of education technology through 2024, offering elevated teaching-learning experiences.
The use of learning data will continue to gain momentum at scale. The education industry has collected and used learner data in isolation for quite some time. With the next stage of analytics and deepening compliance requirements, data policies will evolve. Also, interconnectedness among industries will facilitate and streamline data sharing to help education stakeholders gain refined insights into existing and future learning requirements.
EdTech organizations must create compliant data collection and usage policies, and ensure that users are informed and consent to such data collection.
Traditionally, education delivery and knowledge acquisition have remained separate entities.
Neurodidactics forms a bridge between pedagogy and neuroscience and lays the foundation of the premise that any generation cannot be taught with the techniques that worked for the preceding generation. The availability of data-backed teaching methodologies, based on the principles of neuroscience, adds significant value to the learning ecosystem. The combination of AI, data analytics, and neuroscience is a powerful tool to hyper-personalize learning journeys for fast, slow, and special learners while ensuring that there are no learning gaps.
In the era of infobesity, staying updated on the latest scientific findings and ways to translate them into teaching techniques will be a potent differentiator.
3. Blended Learning
Digitization has significantly transformed education models and will continue to do so in 2024. Further penetration of EdTech will drive blended learning experiences. In-classroom, remote, on-the-move, and many other techniques, when combined, will improve knowledge acquisition and enhance the efficiency of the course/learning module.
EdTech organizations must facilitate blended education, where learners can choose their preferred modes of learning while maintaining equitable learning progress.
4. Massive AI Adoption
Technologies such as NLP, machine learning, and LLMs will facilitate the creation of hyper-personalized digital spaces. The evolution of assistive technologies will help create learner-centric virtual and real classrooms with flexible instruction techniques to address the unique learning needs of every individual.
While AI adoption is one of the most actively ongoing processes in the education industry, it is time to go beyond predictive AI. EdTech organizations must prepare to incorporate generative and super AI for the best results in education.
5. Enveloping Learning Experiences
Augmented, virtual, and extended reality technologies will empower education providers to deliver immersive experiences with different levels of abstraction. The quantum leap will not only add to the thrill of navigating virtual terrains among students but also improve engagement. Executing tasks and active participation in learning will further intensify the gamification of learning experiences. Additionally, participation in simulated environments will create unique learning journeys.
Making interoperable immersive education devices accessible and affordable is a collaborative mission for the learning and technology industries to transform education.
6. Cloud Platforms Lending Ubiquity to Education
The coming year will witness a further rise in interoperable cloud-based learning material. This will facilitate continued learning through mobile devices, offering a wide spectrum of learning resources to learners worldwide. This will further deepen the penetration of online learning.
Tapping into the potential of cloud computing can significantly elevate data management, user privacy, and teaching-learning experiences while facilitating information exchange among educators.
7. Learning with Wearables
Education wearables possess the potential to revolutionize learning environments. They will simplify tracking progress, reminding students and educators regarding deadlines and lessons/modules that need focus, and offering real-time feedback. These devices can transform how students record notes and interact with their peers and teachers. As learning becomes more experiential, the overall experience will be more convenient and unified. IoT devices will add to the learner data, including learning preferences, and styles, enriching the education system with relevant data and empowering the delivery of tailored education.
Making wearables affordable and comfortable for learners at all levels requires taking into account the physical and learning environments of learners of different age groups.
8. Microlearning and MOOCs will Gain More Traction
While it is no secret that short and spaced bursts of knowledge witness better retention, massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide greater control over what an individual chooses to learn. Educational institutions are increasingly integrating micro-learning modules to facilitate learning and teaching to improve learning outcomes. Additionally, emerging online platforms are providing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to promote a culture of continued self-driven education. These not only facilitate homeschooling but also help learners align education with their short- and long-term goals.
EdTech organizations must provide technology to create modular and micro lessons to power education across learning levels, while simultaneously standardizing fully online courses to improve relevance and application in the real world.
While higher education enrollments are on a steady decline in the US, and teaching staff shortages are deepening, EdTech organizations have an opportunity to fill the gap with tailored offerings. Efforts to ensure inclusive, equitable, and accessible education are intensifying and the demand for upskilling and reskilling among professionals is higher than ever. This is a time to embrace technology and deliver the most powerful solutions to cater to the dynamic and evolving needs across learner levels.