5 edtech trends that we have witnessed in 2020

2020 has been a huge year for ed-tech. 

We’ve been experiencing unprecedented times right from the beginning of the year due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Needless to say, the viral infection has caused radical changes to the way education is seen and perceived. As and when educational institutions started experiencing disruptions due to closures, remote learning took over and most of the institutions across the world shifted their education offering to online for several months. This also included a lot of institutions — including schools, colleges, universities, and academies — that weren’t familiar with online learning pre-COVID-19. 

While some were able to seamlessly shift, the others struggled a bit. The educational fraternity as a whole, started experiencing the challenges that are involved in online education. But, as a whole, the educational fraternity’s usage of ed-tech tools increased significantly compared to previous years. As we’re approaching the year-end, we at Classe365 thought we could look back and see the five ed-tech trends that we witnessed in 2020 (so far). The trends have been compiled based on our interactions with our wide and diverse customer base aside from our regular chats and discussions with market experts. So, here are the top 5 ed-tech trends that we have witnessed so far in 2020. 

Increased use of LMS for providing immersive learning

With online learning becoming the norm at most of educational institutions, academic heads and educators soon realized that just delivering a live online class on some video conferencing platform wouldn’t be sufficient and not as effective to provide an immersive learning experience for the students.

To provide an immersive online learning experience, institutions need to resort to software solutions like Learning Management System (LMS). A good LMS can help institutions not only deliver an immersive and interactive learning experience for students, but also to offer blended learning – which could become the norm – even in a post-COVID-19 world. Realizing this, several institutions started using LMS. 

(Did you know? Classe365 has ZoomGoogle Meet, and Microsoft Teams integration to provide an immersive learning experience for students) 

Using ed-tech tools to increase class participation 

As an extension to the previously discussed point, it should be stated that some of the shortcomings of online classes were exposed this year. The shortcomings though – weren’t necessarily due to the concept of online learning but is mainly because of the way it was being implemented. By just conducting online classes, educators started feeling exhausted. They had to stare at the screen for hours and there weren’t many tools available to interact with the students.

On the other hand, even students started feeling exhaustion and felt monotonous listening to online lectures for long hours. Hence, to rectify this, institutions quickly started focusing on increasing the class participation of students. In fact, an increased number of institutions even resorted to include class participation as a part of grading. Several features of LMS — including online discussion forums and brainstorming sessions — were used to boost the class participation, while educators also started using breakout rooms and Google Jamboard – for group activities — and online polls to have more interactive lectures online.    

Institutions increasingly leaning towards the micro-learning concept 

The breaking down of long complicated topics into bite-sized chunks (breaking down what might need one long video into many short videos) was already becoming popular in the e-learning sector. The trend to adopt this concept has grown even more as institutions are fast recognizing the fact that videos with shorter durations can ensure that the distraction level of students isn’t as much in comparison to the longer videos that need more attention.

As a result, even for students at the university level, educators have slowly started implementing the micro-learning concept. Experts suggest that Gen Z, as a generational trait, has reduced concentration levels, and hence, microlearning might be the way to go in the future.

Increased use of data-driven insights  

Earlier this year, several news articles seemed to suggest that as an implication of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities across the world were at the risk of incurring huge losses due to the uncertainty over international education. But to effectively counter this challenge, institutions started implementing data-driven solutions and smart implementation of customer relationship management to adopt a sensitive strategy and maintain a healthy enrolment rate.

CRM and data-driven solutions help administrations identify potential new students, help them understand why the institution might be right for them. Not only in terms of enrollment and administrative purposes, sophisticated data analytics tools are now increasingly being used by educators to get a comprehensive picture of the performance and the behavior analytics of students. 

(Did you know? Classe365 has one of the most comprehensive student behavior analytics software)

Assessment methods getting more experimental 

This is another implication of COVID-19. As educational institutions across the world started being shut, there were uncertainties about how assessments, assignments, and examinations would be carried out online, and if it would be a feasible option. This made educational institutions to brainstorm and come up with experimental techniques to come up with challenging assessment methods. This was partly because having only examinations online might not be the way forward considering the higher chances of plagiarism due to the nature of examination being online.

As a part of this, institutions started coming up with creative online quizzes (like MCQs) and online assignments to make assessments a fun, yet challenging experience for students. Even to counter plagiarism, institutions started using platforms like Turnitin. 

(Through Classe365’s LMS, educational institutions could conduct online quizzes and come up with online assignments for students. Also, schools, universities and academies would be able to implement Classe365’s LMS in just two steps!)

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