The future of lear­ning: EdTech

New tech­no­lo­gies have an impact on the way we teach and learn. The term “EdTech” (Edu­ca­tio­nal Tech­no­lo­gy) stands for the­se chan­ges. It covers the deve­lo­p­ment and imple­men­ta­ti­on of digi­tal tools, plat­forms and resour­ces that are used to sup­port edu­ca­tio­nal pro­ces­ses. The­se include online lear­ning plat­forms, edu­ca­tio­nal soft­ware, digi­tal text­books and mobi­le applications.

EdTech can also refer to the use of tech­no­lo­gy to sup­port admi­nis­tra­ti­ve tasks, such as stu­dent manage­ment sys­tems and assess­ment tools. The field of EdTech is evol­ving rapidly and has the poten­ti­al to trans­form the way edu­ca­ti­on is deli­ver­ed and acces­sed, making it more fle­xi­ble, per­so­na­li­zed and acces­si­ble to lear­ners of all ages and backgrounds.

Deve­lo­p­ments that could shape the future of EdTech:

  • Per­so­na­li­zed lear­ning: Edtech will enable per­so­na­li­zed lear­ning expe­ri­en­ces tail­o­red to lear­ners’ indi­vi­du­al needs and pre­fe­ren­ces. Arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence (AI) algo­rith­ms and machi­ne lear­ning will help ana­ly­ze data to crea­te per­so­na­li­zed lear­ning paths and adapt tea­ching methods to dif­fe­rent lear­ning styles.
  • Vir­tu­al and aug­men­ted rea­li­ty: Vir­tu­al and aug­men­ted rea­li­ty (VR/AR) tech­no­lo­gy enables immersi­on in inter­ac­ti­ve 3D lear­ning envi­ron­ments that can simu­la­te real-life expe­ri­en­ces. This is par­ti­cu­lar­ly useful for sci­en­ti­fic sub­jects, tech­no­lo­gy or medicine.
  • Gami­fi­ca­ti­on: When ele­ments from games are used in non-game con­texts, such as in edu­ca­ti­on, this is refer­red to as gami­fi­ca­ti­on. The future belongs to lear­ning in an appe­al­ing and enter­tai­ning way.
  • Mobi­le lear­ning: Mobi­le devices will con­ti­nue to play an essen­ti­al role in edu­ca­ti­on as they enable lear­ners to access lear­ning mate­ri­als and resour­ces any­ti­me, any­whe­re. Mobi­le lear­ning apps and plat­forms will beco­me more and more popu­lar. Lear­ning on the go.
  • Col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve lear­ning: Col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve lear­ning is faci­li­ta­ted by EdTech tools, as col­la­bo­ra­ti­on and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on bet­ween lear­ners and tea­chers is pos­si­ble in real time, regard­less of their phy­si­cal location.

The future of EdTech will offer new and inno­va­ti­ve ways to sup­port tea­ching and lear­ning and make edu­ca­ti­on more acces­si­ble, enga­ging and effec­ti­ve for all.

Edu­ca­tio­nal insti­tu­ti­ons that expand their offe­ring to include digi­tal and hybrid events are seen as con­tem­po­ra­ry and modern. The way to achie­ve this lies in adapt­ed didac­tics and the best pos­si­ble tech­ni­cal implementation.

Pos­si­ble digi­tal offers are:

  • Live­streams from lec­tu­re halls or semi­nar rooms
  • Recor­ding of lec­tures or con­fe­ren­ces, available at any time (video-on-demand)
  • hybrid events so that they can be fol­lo­wed on site or live on screen, depen­ding on the life situation
  • Short lear­ning vide­os to rein­force key aspects
  • Moti­va­tio­nal spee­ches as a live­stream or recording
  • Image vide­os