Technology has brought about a revolutionary change in our daily lives, and with that dawns a new age of learning in India. With appropriate support and materials, every single person has the potential to become digitally empowered and be a part of this new era of learning.
In the coming years, the evolution of educational infrastructure is expected to play an important role in India’s economic growth. Investing in education technology (edtech) could potentially mitigate the current issues surrounding India’s education system and bring about a positive change to the overall quality of living in the nation.
In this enhanced digital era, there is a dire need for academic institutions in India to get on board with technologically-driven systems if they wish to close the existing education gaps and level the knowledge playing field.
Policy reformations and new learning opportunities for all
In recent times, a new National Education Policy (NEP), was announced by Indian Union Cabinet, following a 34-year gap. The policy showcased a fundamental vision and framework for education across the country, where it projected large-scale educational reforms taking place in the near future. Notably, it also placed much emphasis on the utilisation and integration of technology for education.
With this new legislation concerning online education in India, the aim is to encourage citizens to receive higher quality education levels online and shape the nation into a population of employable and educated adults.
In short, NEP 2020 aspires to provide education across the country in a more seamless way. In bringing 21st-century-style learning to India, it hopes to encourage further, better quality education for those who might not have otherwise had access due to financial, or other constraints.
An insight into new-age learners
With technology advancing and being integrated into almost all facets of daily life, it comes as no surprise that new-age learners would want the same for their academic journey. Being increasingly accustomed to the individualised experience that technology has brought about, these new-age learners seek control of their education. This is where NEP 2020 comes into play.
The new NEP legislation allows students to pick a learning process that closely resembles their passions and career goals. With this new potential for scalable, personalised learning, the quality of education and learner productivity is projected to increase. In other words, when these new-age learners are presented with more choices and the support of the faculty, they are likely to become lifelong learners. This boosts the overall productivity and skill sustainability of the nation as a whole.
The integration of technology into new-age learning
India’s edtech market will have an outstanding impact on how both the current and future generation of learners perceive and oversee their education. Currently, there are over 4,000 active edtech startups in India, of which close to 10% were founded in the past 24 months alone. The market was pegged to be valued at $3 billion USD in 2020, with projections estimating the growth of 3.7 times across the next five years.
Learning Management Systems (LMS) are online learning platforms that operate in line with the new legislation to bring about more educational access to students. These LMS serve to streamline the relationship between education and technology in the country and revolutionise blended learning.
Brightspace LMS is an LMS platform developed by D2L, a global edtech giant with a global presence. The platform enables faculties to effectively create a highly streamlined and successful learning course. As such, students and institutions in India are able to cross new milestones in education and seamlessly enter a new age of learning.
COVID-19 has caused a tectonic shift in the education system and things are unlikely to go back to how they were before. More than ever now is the ideal time for institutions and learners to embrace this new system of education.
This article was first published in Education Times.