From Zoom Classes in 2020 to Metaverse in the Near Future: How Education is Going Digital


The onset of the pandemic in 2020 had a catastrophic effect on schools and colleges. They were forced to cancel physical classes amid all the uncertainty, eventually resorting to Zoom and Microsoft Teams-based online classes. Students, teachers and even parents have started to get used to the new way of learning. Classes on smartphones or laptops have slowly become the new way to learn.

Cut to 2022 – online courses are now part of the new normal and now new promises usher in a new era of innovation. With Metaverse as the future, experiential virtual learning platforms are playing a crucial role in enabling students to participate in highly interactive and engaging live class sessions during the ongoing pandemic.

Thanks to technology, we are seeing significant changes in the way people meet and interact in the virtual world.

It also opens up new possibilities for students, educators and parents to meet and interact while staying safe. Virtual universe tools and blended learning models provide students and teachers with greater flexibility to pace the curriculum as well as arrange meet-and-greets and augment hands-on learning experiences even without visiting campuses.

THE 2020 CHANGE

In 2020, the pandemic has forced schools and students to continue learning online. As students in educational institutions, we have all been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. But the magnitude of this impact has varied greatly.

These shockwaves were felt across all sectors, but emerging technologies and innovation in the virtual space have put things into perspective.

The education industry has particularly benefited from experiential platforms that not only personalize the experience, but also open up new doors of possibilities for them.

EDUCATION IN METAVERSE

With the metaverse becoming a reality in the near future, it is essential to adopt a new digital infrastructure to take advantage of new learning opportunities.

The metaverse, like the Internet or even the smartphone, is revolutionizing the way we access information and interact with others.

In a world where artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual realities enable students from all parts of the world to acquire advanced skills, knowledge and understanding while reducing their reliance on physical infrastructure.

This paves the way for a dynamic and exciting future in which people can come together socially on a virtual platform and exchange ideas with each other.

Think of a metaverse that can serve as a platform to deliver hands-on education and personalize instruction based on learning style and individual ability to grasp content.

With 5G and the availability of high network speed, the vision of personalized learning and virtual school tours can be accelerated, making internet access more convenient.

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Integrating technology into education makes it informative and engaging. Experiential learning techniques pave the way in the classroom to boost student motivation and engagement in learning and teaching sessions.

Adding interactive elements to supplement study material on a device in virtual environments can be beneficial to stimulate students’ interest in different fields and serve as a basis for class activities.

With these advanced technologies, students can learn holistically and think carefully about concepts.

AND AFTER ?

In a nutshell, emerging technologies and virtualization have become a great leveler and enabler for the education industry.

Whether it’s helping to turn the wheels or breaking down the barriers of borders, technology helps institutions build an inclusive, innovative and futuristic ecosystem.

– Article by Piyush Gupta, President, Kestone

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