The education system was hit hard by the pandemic. Under the requirement of social distancing, campuses, schools and colleges were closed down, and all the teaching-learning shifted to a virtual environment.
The digital transformation may have kept academics going, but many institutions suffered in ensuring appropriate skill building for students in the new environment.
Especially in higher education, students are taught to be future-ready with various skills like communication, collaboration, social interaction, decision making, leadership, etc. A university education gives them a formal academic education. It prepares them for the real world by allowing them to interact with fellow students, teachers, industry experts, work on live projects, take up extra-curricular activities, and much more. It's a holistic learning environment that students get when they go to a college or a university.
The pandemic has hindered student growth by altering the learning and skill-building flow offered by higher education institutions. While many institutions adapted to the new normal to ensure that all students can fulfil their academic and skill-building needs, others face challenges.
As the online culture becomes the new norm, most institutions are keen to learn and embrace technology at the core. Many institutions are adopting new pedagogies to ensure quality education with choice, flexibility, and personalization. In an attempt to make education whole again, we see an increase in the adoption of the hybrid learning model.
A report by KPMG on disruption in Higher Education discusses the future of Higher Ed. It entails various factors and changes in consumer behaviour impacting the way we have imparted education.
"Spurred by the pandemic, but probably coming anyway, is the reverse situation. As a result, courses will be designed to be delivered through technology – 'digital first' – and supplemented by face-to-face, human support."
This future of education is evident through technologies like mixed reality and simulations, with life-like holograms being possible. Students preferred "personalized learning" with AI and intelligent bots. All this is being monitored by advanced learning analytics and algorithms.
"... The age of the customer is now hitting universities. One might predict that some universities will promote a physical experience on campus as part of their value proposition. If they have the brand to maintain demand, they will always have their place – but they will become the minority. One thing is clear. The university that expects students to battle with traffic, find a parking place, go to a lecture, write examinations by hand, get a seat in a crowded library and then go home again will be riding its luck.”
To use varied technologies for a common goal, one power-packed platform that can bring it all together under one umbrella can boost the performance and output for all stakeholders. AWS is one platform that can make it happen with your existing technologies or new solutions. It ensures that institutions can use all the EdTech products and services under a unified, seamlessly connected cloud infrastructure allowing institutions to have cost-effective yet scalable learning solutions ready for uninterrupted learning.
Here are a few case studies of institutions using EdTech solutions running on AWS Cloud to be future-ready:
Bringing Social Interaction and Engagement into classrooms with AR, Analytics and Gamification
Social interaction in the classroom is crucial for learners’ overall development. As per EdTech provider Arludo, many children have these qualities that facilitate social interaction. They enjoy discovering new things, being creative, and social - they love to connect with fellow students. Arludo focuses on innovating gamified learning to bring out the skill of social interaction among students, irrespective of their age and grade. The company has created a library of almost 30 games for mobile devices. Some of these games even use AR and analytics, adding deeper value and engagement to the learning experience. Institutions can integrate these games and analytics into their existing LMS to generate live dashboards to understand students' progress in real-time. Arludo’s multiplayer games pave the way for social connections between students even in environments where internet and hardware access are limited.
Gamification is a crucial element of EdTech that can engage learners quickly and convey complex information in a fun manner. For instance, according to survey findings from the Government of East Java, 60% of children in Indonesia had no idea about the coronavirus. To make children understand and spread the information quickly, they developed a game, passing on the crucial information that engaged them and reached them quickly. EdTech provider Solve education! and the Sampoerna Foundation created and delivered a COVID-19 education package called Game for Charity to the nation's educators and learners through the AWS Cloud. The game fulfilled the aim of educating children about the coronavirus and what they must do to stay safe amid the pandemic.
Digital transformation with an application for school-parent communications
As technology enhances education for students, School-Parent communication must be transformed with new age digital tools to simplify the process. . A reliable digital service can unload the pressure of “keeping the parents in the loop” for any institution. The EdTech provider “School Stream” transformed the way Bathurst South Public School connected with parents.
By switching to a mobile-based application, the school could go paperless to convey information to parents. Regular information like newsletters, permission notes, absenteeism reports, canteen orders, and other such information can be easily shared with parents through the mobile application. The shift also eased children from the responsibility of having to relay information to parents. More importantly, going digital has helped the school to stay responsive during the pandemic. It deployed the communication app to send home-schooling content to children to ensure uninterrupted learning.
It seems EdTech companies with AWS Cloud are making it easier for the institutions in the digital transformation by providing them with the appropriate solutions that meet their academic and institutional goals. AWS further equips companies with capabilities to accelerate scalable and secure products or services that support all the stakeholders.
AWS has developed an eBook for EdTechs, compiling the trends and highlights of the education industry in webinars and case studies to help them understand the challenges educational institutions face in their digital transformation. It also features insight into various companies offering innovative teaching-learning and other solutions focusing on the latest technologies like AR, AI, ML, Voice, Video, and more.