Higher Education in 2013 – An Industry Perspective
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The year 2013 is all set to be a year of transformation for higher education. The coming together of mobile technology, web based social platforms, cloud computing and context based services have allowed technology companies to usher in a new revolution in the world of education. The introduction of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) had already revolutionized education by sowing the seeds of improved collaboration and remote learning, and this year will see big players entering the online education marketplace, the kind of players that will use interactive platforms to make learning a far more enriching experience than ever before.
So what are the changes we can expect this year in the education domain?
1. Online education will grow big time
You are going to witness a huge boost in the growth of top tier university courses courtesy online education. There is a perceptible dip in the for-profit education center and a rise in online activities of the top tier institutes, as a result of MOOCs.
More and more people are going to make use of the credit and non-credit programming of these institutions in the absence of difficult to breach entry barriers.
2. Innovations around the “classroom” concept
Missed a lecture? Wanted to attend one, were busy doing something else? Weren’t invited to one? You didn’t get a seat in the classroom/auditorium? Well, don’t worry; the rapid strides in connectivity mean people have begun reassessing the “classroom” concept. Now, you can access content of the lecture that you have missed from just about anywhere and everywhere. 2013 will see even more focus on the use of online platforms to facilitate learning. With teachers/faculties getting access to technologies that tell them in real time about the impact of their lectures, they can spend more time augmenting their lectures in the classrooms through discussions, debates and quizzes.
Classrooms as we know them today will cease to exist in the near future.
3. Learning all set to go Hybrid
Embracing a hybrid model where students are imparted part learning online and part of it is imparted in person is something we will increasingly see in 2013. As more and more course content goes online, students can read it in their own time. This flexibility will prepare themselves better for their time in the actual classroom. This will also make for a more in-depth learning experience. A mix of online programming and classroom lectures also gives institutions more scope to experiment with their methodologies of imparting education. This will help them zero in on learning methodologies that will deliver the maximum impact.
It will be all about Technology
Never before has technology played such an important role in defining the scope, scale and the evolution of education, as it does today. In just a year, education has transformed itself from something that one waved to, from afar, to somebody you can interact with at a far more personal level. In the near future, don’t be surprised if a piece of education software emerges on the scene that maps an individual’s existing knowledge base and the kind of domain expertise he/she wants to gain, and charts out a learning curve; and courseware is designed especially for that individual. In doing so, it will also keep the learning capabilities of the individual in mind.
We at Rightway Solution are offering web solutions customized for the education industry as per our client’s needs. For one of them, we have developed a Dynamic Vocabulary Software that actually spends time helping the user learn words that they don’t know as opposed to spending time reviewing words that they already know.
Moreover, we came up with a cutting edge Cross Platform AIR Application for Studying Languages. This application supports 40 languages and offers varying levels of course content. RWS has also developed an AIR desktop e-learning application that helps users study flash cards. It helps users create their own decks of selected cards, video tutorials and e-mail comments/queries about the card.
As can be seen, we are making use of the rapid evolution in technology to create digital learning experiences that make learning more intuitive, interactive and engaging. This is the future that we are looking at in 2013.