4 Key Technologies for the Future of Online Education

4 Key Technologies for the Future of Online Education

4 Key Technologies for the Future of Online Education 924 616 Julianna Rice

In our ever-advancing world of technology, learning through the internet has become more and more common. Some day, books and desks may even be entirely replaced with more efficient virtual classrooms. 

Here are four key technologies that will elevate the future of online education:

1. M-Learning

Mobile learning makes it possible for anyone to learn on the go, whether they’re using a tablet or smartphone. According to Common Sense Media, research shows that 53% of children in the United States own a smartphone by age 11. Additionally, 84% of teenagers own their own phones.

Approaching your products with a mobile friendly mindset is a great way to drive high engagement and impact for your brand. Design tips include featuring just one major idea per screen, simple navigation, and easy-to-find buttons. Microlearning concepts are perfect for the mlearning format as well, by featuring short and bite-size lessons that last 3-15 minutes.

4 Key Technologies for the Future of Online Education - Gamification

2. Gamification

Gamification in online education involves taking elements that make games fun, motivating, and engaging, and integrating them into the design of courses or learning experiences for students. According to research, students have reported feeling more motivated and engaged by gamified courses versus traditional courses.

Gamification strategies focus on using rewards for “players” who succeed in accomplishing tasks or winning in competition. Such rewards may involve: points, achievement badges or levels, and progress bar completion.

By incorporating gamified elements, your brand can develop more immersive learning experiences, leading to higher retention and completion rates by students.

3. Educational Artificial Intelligence (AI)

According to a recent Technavio report, AI usage in U.S education is predicted to grow 47.7% from 2018-2022. Applied to online education, machine learning can be applied to a variety of tasks. This includes identifying student knowledge gaps, providing real-time feedback and analytics based insights, and building personalized learning plans for students.

Additionally, educational AI can also greatly assist teachers. By automating administrative tasks, such as grading or checking for plagiarism, AI can free up valuable time for active student engagement.

With the assistance of AI, the teacher can transform more into a mentor and facilitator, who guides students to think independently, and focuses more on human-centric skills, such as emotional intelligence and creativity.

4 Key Technologies for the Future of Online Education - VR, MR, and AR

4. VR, MR, and AR for Immersive Education

In the upcoming years, virtual, augmented and mixed-reality technologies may play an even greater presence in education.

Such advanced technologies bring a highly immersive learning experience for students, independent of their location. Students can explore key moments in history or global cultural sites through a VR headset or VR goggles such as GoogleLens. They can process current-day topics by “walking” through reality simulated scenes.

While browsing classroom lessons, extra data, such as fun facts, visuals or 3D models, can come to life. Such tools can motivate students — especially younger students with visual and kinesthetic learning styles — to study, learn and retain information. 

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About the author

Julianna Rice

Before she became content manager at Kairos (and finally put that English degree to good use!) Julianna had a successful career in risk management and direct sales. When she's not writing helpful content for small business owners, you can find her at a book club. She also likes cats, coffee, and carbs – in that order.

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