EdTech: Five Areas to Focus in 2022 and Beyond

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Venture capital in the EdTech industry has grown exponentially since 2010. It was $16.1 billion in 2020, but by 2022, the industry has attracted close to $50 billion in funding! And though all the regions are growing, Asia makes up 80% of all global VC dollars. It’s a reflection of the growing demand for disruptive technology in education.

The past two years accelerated the change the industry was already going through and we have much more to look forward to in 2022 and beyond. Here are the five areas to focus on:

1. AI-enabled adaptive learning

AI is already being used extensively in learning curriculums. 2022 will only see an acceleration of this trend to create effective personalized and interactive learning experiences, which can help resolve most of the challenges the industry is facing today. Leveraging dynamic AI, education providers can enable learners to take hyper-personalized journeys by interpreting the interests of each student and predicting their behavior to offer them the exact content that they need.

For instance, Singapore-based Vere360 uses AI and VR to offer quality education for social issues and skills development. The platform partners with several knowledge partners to build content easily accessible through a VR education app. Other examples include:

>> Smart Sparrow, whose adaptive learning platform adapts through modules and offers interactive quizzes and simulations.

>> IBM Research, in association with Skillsoft, launched an adaptive learning pilot program to offer adaptive data over user-content interactions, content relationships, and consumption patterns.

2. Gamification

Gamification isn’t new; it has been in use in classrooms and corporate board rooms for years with numerous hackathons and coding challenges. In 2022, however, gamification is bound to become a mainstay with the domination of the Metaverse. Most of the learners across the corporate world and students at all levels are digital natives and already have high expectations of digital applications. This year would see elements in the EdTech companies’ strategies, where learners can create their own content and collaborate. Even educators will use resources created by game designers, giving students sufficient challenges to keep them interested.

For instance, Brainscape has customized gamification through flashcards with an extensive list of topics, where learners can create their own cards or ask the program to make the cards for them. Another famous example is Duolingo – the language learning app, where lessons are grouped in skills, and they gradually teach you vocabulary and phrases. Learners can choose daily goals, and a notable element is their “Immersion area,” which lets you practice your language skills by translating texts in a special wiki-style, collaborative system.

3. Immersive learning with VR/AR

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies started in the gaming industry first before being adopted by the EdTech industry as an effective means of learning. The technologies help learners eliminate distractions and immerse themselves in their work. It’s also proven to be a very handy tool for students with ADD/ADHD. For instance, in 2022, teachers will increasingly use AR to teach students real-life lessons, like creating a tornado and bringing the funnel right into the classroom so students can experience these destructive storms close up.

Microsoft HoloLens has developed an interesting way to teach medical students and clinicians to interact and learn more about the human body using mixed reality. Learners can isolate, enlarge, and even walk inside the components of the human body to understand anatomy and learn how to treat different medical conditions.

4. Video-assisted learning

Videos – whether they are short or targeted clips – are huge already. And they have some proven benefits to different aspects of learners’ development and educational progress. 2022 will see more enhancements in video-assisted learning not just as a learning pedagogy but to enhance inclusivity and cultural awareness.

Teachers will use educational technologies, like whiteboards, to make their lessons varied, dynamic, and interactive. EdTech companies will increasingly use video clips or short videos to bring up a new discussion point in their courses, rather than just uploading videos on platforms for learners to watch later.

5. Learning flexibility 

2022 is also going to be the year for flexibility in learning. Technology has made our lives enriching and the same flexibility will come to learning content as well. In 2021, we spoke about the end of the 9-5 routine. Gone will be the days when there will be fixed one-or two-year academic programs. With the advent of more streamlined virtual learning tools and video conferencing, learners will be able to pursue education when, where, and at the pace that suits them best.

Higher and professional education is leveraging technology to break from the routine timelines. For instance, Birmingham Business School recently introduced its 100% online MBA program that can be completed in anything from two-and-a-half to five years. This flexibility also has a name – the hybrid-flexible model, or HyFlex, defined as simultaneously hybrid instruction (a combination of online and face-to-face), and flexible. Learners can choose to attend face-to-face or learn online.

While in 2022

2022 is an exciting year for EdTech, thanks to organizations and educators for leveraging a connected world and delivering media-rich, student-centric solutions to help learners across the globe. But as the methodologies become more accessible and interactive, technologies and expertise need to keep up with the learners’ growth aspirations. A reliable digital learning partner can help with that.

Liqvid has two decades of eLearning design and delivery experience across instructional design methodologies, content authoring tools, and learning management systems. We are the partner of choice for several reputed EdTech and extended enterprise training providers—helping them take their programs to market faster in the most efficient way. Our approach is to create personalized learning experiences for every user of the digital learning programs we deliver for our clients. We have developed hundreds of interactive templates, AI tools, and learning apps that enable our clients to hit the ground running in this fast-paced EdTech market. Contact us!

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Simulation-based Learning: 3 Reasons Why It Works

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Simulation-based learning has been around for such a long time now that it has become commonplace. Several industries are using it:

  • Aviation – Pilots in training use flight simulators to get familiar with plane controls and practice flying in different weather and landing conditions.
  • Math – Mathematicians and economists are using simulations to study probabilities and statistics in a theoretical event.
  • Manufacturing – Such plants now have simulation tools to plan, design, and train automated processes and manufacturing systems.
  • Medical – Med students are using simulations to practice surgeries, crisis interventions, and administer prescriptions.

In the eLearning industry, the pandemic only accelerated simulation-based learning. Here are some real-life examples that can help you understand.

1. Recently, the University of South Australia conducted several simulated activities in-person when the campuses reopened. Several simulated scenarios (computed tomography sim, vacbag manufacture, tattooing, personal protective equipment, etc.) enabled the university to achieve all clinical placement learning outcomes.

2. Glendale Community College in California has developed a tax simulation game for a microeconomics principles course. It teaches students to explain the link between a tax system and income distribution, identify the distributional effects of different taxes, and justify the chosen tax incidence. Students can set federal, state, and local taxes.

3. BBC developed an interesting simulation on the refugee experience mirroring the Syrian refugee crisis triggered in 2015 to help students understand the experience of the refugees and the dilemmas they faced while fleeing to Europe.

What is simulated learning anyways?

Let’s get deep into what is a simulated learning experience. You can think of simulation as a novel teaching method that tests your knowledge and skill levels by placing you in immersive problem-solving scenarios. In a simulation, usually, the instructor defines the parameters, with the end-goal being to create a safe environment for hands-on learning experiences.

Simulated training is being used in several industries to teach learners the skills needed in the real world, as we saw from the examples above. A simulation is considered effective if it answers your question, “If I do this, what happens?”

In a simulation you can test out different scenarios to see what works through a trial-and-error approach, giving you the knowledge and confidence to apply your new skills in the real world. And today, with the help of video recordings and advanced analytics, the instructor can analyze training sessions, identify errors, and discuss alternative approaches with learners.

Why simulated learning works?

Three solid reasons why it works.

1. Practical learning: How many times have you all heard this in school – “Practical is always better than theory.” And there is merit to that. Simulations can give you practical experience in the real world and prepare you well. As a med student, you can learn to perform operations and understand human anatomy better through 3-D simulations. Or, if you’re a business school student, you can learn about building better products, market, sell and service them. Bottom line, you can focus on crisis resource management and develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a safe and secure environment.

2. Instant feedback and a great retention aid: Learning-based simulations offer real-time and prompt feedback. You can get constructive and instant feedback, which helps you improve your skills. You can also try new, alternative skills or methods to improve old methods and test new tools. Plus, simulations make learning fun for you. Think of how much you retain from watching a fun video on machine learning algorithms rather than reading a long pdf file filled with numbers and graphs. Simulation-based learning programs equip you to better understand the actions you can take in a situation, which validates the results of training and makes it effective.

3. Collaborative skills: Perhaps, another most significant benefit of simulation-based learning is developing your collaborative skills in a fun way. In a simulated environment, you are introduced to several real-life scenarios, which would need you to collaborate with other members of your team. You also get insights into your own behavior.

The future of simulation-based learning

With Virtual Reality simulators becoming more accessible, less expensive, and increasingly realistic, simulation-based learning are the go-to mode for bridging the gap between structured training and real-life experiences.

Today learners are digital technology natives, so their expectation is that training will challenge them, immerse them into a personalized learning journey. Simulation-based learning helps meet that learner expectations by offering VR experiences, 3D-avatar based learning environments or AI-based role-play simulations.

This helps to accelerate the learning curve of learners in a simulated environment, reproducing real-life conditions without time or space limitations and much fewer risks than real environments. It’s also supported by a recent study, supported by the Korea World Bank Partnerships Facility. The study shows that VR training is, on average, more effective than traditional training, developing students’ technical, practical, and socio-emotional skills. And the results are particularly promising in the fields of health and safety, engineering, and technical education.

How can Liqvid help?

Training simulations should not be created in isolation. Businesses need a robust learning management system for delivery and analytics to loop in feedback and continuous improvement of the learner. We have been creating simulations for educational institutions for a few years, and the demand has been increasing since the pandemic hit us.

One of our recent projects was about developing a multi-player, virtual pharmacy simulation game for a polytechnic in Singapore to make their students proficient in routine tasks performed in a pharmacy – receiving, typing, packaging, and dispensing. And the result – improved engagement, better learning, and retention!

Several top vocational training and education institutes are widely using simulations for skill development. Contact us if you need a partner to help make your simulation-based learning needs a reality.

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