Four educational trends to expect in 2018
2018 is here and so are our expectations. While we hope, the government brings out the much-awaited National Education Policy this year, it is the technology that is redefining the way education is imparted to students nowadays.
Here, we bring you trends which, we believe, will dominate the education market this year:
- Online courses While almost all universities are now offering online courses, Government of India in 2017 launched an indigenous online education platform, SWAYAM. Through this platform, courses in teachers training and other subjects, both at the graduate and post-graduate levels, are offered. Till date, there are 837 courses and 16,83,828 people have registered on it. The interest in online courses is only going to increase with the passage of the time.
- eLearning & Apps It started with Khan academy years ago. And now, market is flooded with learning apps which provide online tutoring. In fact, the best app of 2017, listed by Google Play in its year ending report, is Socratic –Math Answers & Homework Help. As the name suggests, the app helps students in doing their homework. Given the fact that the online education industry is expected to become a multi-billion dollar industry in the near future, the market is set to witness some stiff competition.
- Gamification We now have video games developed to help students understand their subjects better. That, experts say, not only cuts boredom but also boosts retention and productivity. In 2015, Project Discovery was launched in which players (who acted as citizen scientists) were required to categorise real astronomical data for astronomers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Expect more such games this year as well.
- Augmented Reality (AR) AR-embedded educational apps are growing in demand nowadays. Educationists are increasingly using it to enhance understanding of subjects among students. The tech makes learning fun and classes more engaging.