The education sector has been quite flexible when it comes to adopting any budding technology in the market and the online examination system has been one of it. Even when COVID was nowhere in the picture still online exams were being adopted at large by many educational as well as corporate sectors. But with a sudden wave of the pandemic, it became a global necessity within a few days.
The education sector had to evolve in a day but this transformation was not a short-lived phenomenon and has become a long term growth plan for the academic progress overall. Currently, a chain of technologies such as augmented reality, online assessments, live classes, and Artificial intelligence are being used in replacement to the offline education system which will keep on continuing even in the post COVID era, at least to some extent.
Here are 5 ways of how educational technology has supported learning during the COVID lockdown.
The method of distance learning proved to be highly useful when the COVID pandemic imposed the state of lockdown across the globe. This method of learning is quite feasible and can be easily used by colleges and universities to make the candidates complete their ongoing course. It is a blend of live classes, mock tests, and also online exam software-based assessments. Now with the emergence of remote proctoring software, this method of education has also become quite reliable as the online exams can be conducted in a secure environment. This year many competitive exams got postponed and because of lockdown students were unable to continue their regular preparation with coaching centers. Distance-Learning, online mock tests and test series filled this gap and maintained the continuity of learning right from the space of home.
Virtual Teaching Assistants
The integration of Artificial Intelligence with LMS has created a unique interactive technology and that is of virtual teaching assistants. These are used to record the strengths and weaknesses of the students and also their personalities are considered to create a personalized learning experience for each student. It constantly uses an algorithm base to track the progress of the students, altering the learning curriculum accordingly.
Analyzing student data is the core of the education system, and online learning significantly gets driven by it. Data-driven planning allows both students and teachers to follow a definite path that is not blinded by bias or assumptions. It makes learning more of goal based and possible to measure that too instantly. Data analysis is mostly found in live classes system and online exam software which is presented in the form of an instant detailed report which is generated after the exam has been completed
The main part of augmented reality is gaming. Earlier gaming was only meant for people who preferred to spend time on something fun. But slowly it penetrated the walls of the educational world and made its place amongst the students in the form of augmented reality.
This technology was not readily adopted by people in the beginning as the concept of games comes with some pre-conceived notions which are difficult to shun off especially when being used in education. But gradually its effectiveness started to gain popularity and made it readily acceptable by schools, colleges, universities, and training programs.
Mobile phone is a common device found amongst the current generation of learners. This is the reason why iOS and Android-based applications are regularly developed to cater to a variety of requirements of mobile users. Likewise, educational requirements are also being fulfilled through applications, giving rise to the concept of mobile learning. Such applications enable students to learn anytime from anywhere. One can read notes, get live classes, and even attempt mock tests without any geographical barrier or limitation.
Social Learning Platforms
Social media has become the most significant and rapidly growing trend of the 21st century. Students mostly have their accounts on Facebook and Instagram and remain glued to it all day long. Social learning platforms are innovative blend of social media and education where learning new knowledge is the core motto. Here students can get study material and educational content, courses and live classes according to their requirement, course or subject. Also, live chat, sharing and connecting with peers is available on it. Mentors and subject matter experts are also a part of this platform, which are all the time available to solve student queries.
The online examination system has been one of the most significant transformations from offline to online mode in the academic domain. It has brought a much awaited revolution in motion by making online exams more acceptable. Furthermore, the advent of remote proctoring software has greatly strengthened the security and authenticity of online exams. Apart from the online exam technology many other technologies such as live classes, AI-based teaching methods and online quizzes are the reason why education didn’t lose its grip even during the lockdown phase of COVID-19.