Attending lectures and listening to professors who talk and work in the same way as their colleagues can get tedious. Today’s students are looking for dynamic, modern environments when considering which college to enroll in.
The educational technology of today is still not up to the needs of new generations of freshmen who are about to start their academic education. What are some of the most predominant and necessary educational tools of the future that we should implement in the next few years?
Cloud technologies have been around for a while now, and the most famous iterations of the technology come in the shape of Cloud storage sites such as Google Drive and Dropbox. These services offer clients the ability to safely store their files on distant servers and access them from any smart device or PC in the world.
To further drive the Cloud technology argument, we can look at processing stations that offer computer power access to people who need a PC but don’t want to invest significant money into building their own. Instead, they offer monthly fees in exchange for providing access to powerful computers that don’t require any maintenance on the part of the user.
This technology can provide a huge breakthrough for education across the world. Schools across the globe won’t have to pay large sums of money for their own PCs or servers and instead opt for subscription-based models. This will provide much needed Cloud access to students who can’t come to college or often forget to copy important files from their home computers – and it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Speaking of Cloud servers, online learning is also something to consider when formal education is concerned. Not everyone has the ability to move to a different city for several years and study in order to get a diploma. Online learning is already an option in many world countries, albeit in a scaled-down form.
Making sure that everyone has the same type of access to knowledge and education, no matter their physical ability to attend lectures is a must. Just because someone is several hundred miles away from their school of choice doesn’t mean they are less worthy of attending. If we are to take education to the next level and into the future, more attention should be given to online learning and their respective curriculums.
Video games and achievement-based learning go hand in hand. Current generations are very familiar with games that offer points or extra rewards for playing and showing skill in different circumstances. Why not do the same with education and emphasize a healthy competitive spirit among students?
Students that feel as if their effort goes toward their final grade and the ability to graduate will pay far more attention to their lectures than they would otherwise. This is because students are often drained out or bored by the time they reach their final years, with little incentive to actually graduate.
Gamifying university curriculums would allow students to feel more accomplished and satisfied with the reward they receive in the form of grades. The future of grading might just come down to learning from what the video game industry does so well.
VR Labs and Exercises
As so many professional fields require practical exercises and specialized labs to be taught properly, universities across the world are facing a dilemma. How can you provide solid groundwork for future professionals without the said laboratories present on campus? Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and their respective applications allow for a plethora of practical possibilities when students are concerned.
Equipping the students with VR headsets and their specialized applications is everything that professors will need to teach their students properly. VR headsets can simulate virtual environments and present the users with any number of problematic scenarios to tackle.
This technology can be especially useful in medical fields such as surgery or emergency procedures. By allowing students to partake in these exercises in a risk-free environment and repeat as many times as they need to, the technology can help us develop a very capable and determined generation of future professionals.
There is no way to tell what the future holds for education systems across the globe. While the leading universities such as Oxford, MIT and Stanford lead the charge in innovation, many are still far from the technological revolution we so desperately need. Only time will tell at what rate will education evolve and what shape it will take several years or generations down the line.