A paradigm shift in education

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According to a new study by UNICEF, 23 countries – home to nearly 405 million children – have yet to fully open their schools, putting many students at risk of missing school as the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 is approaching its third year.

While schools and universities around the world were suddenly devoid of classroom courses, India embraced a new era of distance and immersive learning with exceptional speed and dedication.

What was once considered a “quick fix” has now become the “new normal” over the past two years, and it looks like the hybrid model is here to stay, with schools actually embracing it.

Paradigm shift in education

India has seen a development in the IT industry and a move towards education; over 4,450 EdTech businesses have been established in India since 2014. The EdTech sector has received a much-needed boost following the Digital India campaign, which has been supported by over half a billion users of internet and smartphones.

According to a report, India’s EdTech industry was valued at $750 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $4 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 39.77%. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are increasingly changing the learning experience in education.

India, on the other hand, is not far behind in taking advantage of these new and updated technologies. Immersive learning is now transforming the education system in schools and replacing textbooks.

What are virtual reality and augmented reality?

Augmented reality is a technologically augmented representation of the real world that is created through the use of virtual visual components, audio, or other sensory stimulation.

Augmented reality exploits the real environment and superimposes virtual information on it. Virtual reality, on the other hand, engages users, allowing them to “inhabit” a completely new environment, such as that generated by computers.

Users can be in an animated scene or an image of a real location that has been integrated into a virtual reality program. Users can look up, down or in any other direction using a virtual reality viewer as if they were really there.

How are immersive technologies transforming the Indian educational landscape?

Virtual reality can be used in many ways in modern learning. It can be used to educate students in history and geography by creating a completely realistic sense of place and time. People from different corners of the world can also visit otherwise inaccessible places.

Virtual reality in education is also very useful for content creation. AR and VR technologies help develop soft skills such as leadership, management, decision making, problem solving and teamwork in students during their formative years, preparing them for the future. ‘coming.

Immersive technology has the potential to make student learning experiences more engaging, effective, and equitable. We have a lot of Ed-tech start-ups working on integrating VR and AR technology to bring about change in the education sector.

New opportunities will certainly develop as technology advances and becomes more widely adopted. Going forward, it will be essential to ensure that teachers have the skills and expertise to integrate immersive learning into their daily education, as well as to give students and teachers the opportunity to generate the necessary content. . Policy makers should encourage more innovations to facilitate content development and promote initiatives to expand access to these technologies.

(Vingish Vijay, Founder and Creator of 90+ My Tuition App-ed-tech start-ups)

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Published on: Saturday, May 07, 2022, 11:48 p.m. IST

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