Overcome Educational Challenges with a Learner-Centered Academic Platform
September 9th, 2019
Skeptics have argued for years that technology can never change fundamental teaching practices. They might be right, given that there really isn’t any substitute for an expert and dedicated educator in a student’s life. But, technology can provide transformational tools to make the journey enriching for both the students and the teachers. The concept has been tried and tested extensively and proven to be effective. This is very visible in the booming global EdTech industry. According to the latest reports, released by the global education market intelligence firm, HolonIQ, the global EdTech market is poised to reach $341 billion by 2025.
Fueling this rapid growth are learning experience platforms (LXPs), which, if wisely deployed, can offer immense knowledge resources for students and teachers. These platforms support interoperability with multiple external devices, perfect for the 21st century students, hooked on to their high-end smartphones. Moreover, educators around the world are being connected through well-designed network features, helping them continuously improve and accomplish a range of challenging tasks.
The best learning platforms are based on robust fundamentals of learning, making relevant information accessible to students and teachers. More importantly, these features support all phases of the learning curve.
Netflix for Education
Josh Bersin, a pioneer of the EdTech industry, has rightly coined the term “Netflix for Education,” with respect to LXPs. Just like the entertainment platform, LXPs can curate and recommend content, based on the user’s interests, search patterns and learning behavior. This makes learning so much more interactive and engaging while personalizing the experience for each learner.
But, does this focus on K-12 and higher education? Yes, it does! Platforms like MagicBox™ integrate a series of tools that aim to enhance the learning experience for students, while providing educationists and scholarly publishers cutting-edge functionalities, such as quick and easy conversion of content into multiple digital formats. So, now students can have easy access to interactive eBooks, videos, PDFs, infographics, audio, question banks and more, to help their learning process. Not only are such platforms compatible across multiple devices and operating systems, they also support both online and offline mode. Apart from interactive images, audios and videos, a student can add links from external sources, integrate third-party text-to-speech libraries and highlight notations and bookmarks.
For teachers, this represents an ideal way to engage students who have short attention spans, learning disabilities or special learning needs, since an LXP ensures enhanced accessibility. Instructors can add simulations and interactive games with lessons, to make the student’s learning process more fun. On a serious note, teachers can access real-time individual progress reports and send them directly to parents to keep them updated. They can create adaptive assessment tests, tag parents on specific subject topics and even export tests for paper-based exams.
Think of it as an ecosystem, where students, teachers and parents can all communicate and share learning content through each academic year. The same group can even pick up from where they left off, in the next session. For instance, catching up after the summer vacations. New layers of learning can be added from there on in.
Why the Need for these Systems in K-12 and Higher Education?
Learner-centered platforms are the key to promoting continuous learning for students and teachers. By nature, human beings are motivated to learn more, when they have a certain degree of autonomy over the process. LXPs like MagicBox™ can help students gain an enhanced learning experience and perspective while choosing what to learn and how to go about it.
Also, every child has their own pace of learning, which mostly gets overlooked in the current set-ups. LXPs provide personalized learning experiences, based on each student’s pace and style of learning, as well as existing competencies and knowledge base.
Collection and analysis of data can equip teachers to deeply understand their students and make informed decisions on how to provide support that the student needs in order to succeed in class. . By embedding taxonomies, which quantify learning outcomes, LXPs can empower teachers to work out the best strategies for specific tasks. Traditionally, teachers have been at the helm of creating the learning cycle. But, it is now becoming apparent that the “one-curriculum-fits-all” strategy doesn’t bring results.
Now, both teachers and students can partner in this cycle, right from understanding to evaluating. LXPs can fulfill every educator’s dream to help children achieve their full potential.
Contact us today to learn more about the MagicBox™ LXP and how it can benefit your educational institution, faculty, and your students.