5 Cutting-Edge Trends in Digital Learning Technology
Technology has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, and education is no exception. From fully online post-secondary institutions to the addition of blended learning in middle and high school classrooms, digital learning technology is revolutionizing the way we teach and learn.
Not so long ago, digital learning technology meant using a computer or a tablet instead of pen and paper. Today, technology advancements are taking the elearning industry far beyond its roots. We predict that these five trends will shape digital learning this year and beyond.
1. Artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) and its subsets, like machine learning, have made the shift from science fiction to our everyday lives. AI has already begun to be used in digital learning technology platforms and we expect that its adoption will only increase.
How will digital learning technology leverage AI? Using artificial intelligence, platforms will be able to shape the curriculum and experience based on a user’s past interactions. These “adaptive technologies” use data to dynamically serve up the best lesson for that particular student at that particular time. Further, bots will automate rote and repetitive tasks for teachers and students alike. This will free up people to focus on the important work, increasing efficiency and productivity for every user.
2. Voice-first technology. We’ve all gotten used to asking Siri for the weather or Alexa to play our favorite song. Voice capabilities will also play a role in future digital learning technology. This is actually a flavor of AI. Voice technology could allow a student, for instance, to interact with a “teacher” in real-time using voice recognition, natural language processing, and AI-powered responses. Voice will be critical to language learning apps, too, enabling digital learning technology to assist with things like providing feedback on a student’s accent.
3. Gamification. Gamification is, in a nutshell, making online learning feel like a video game. Gamification techniques are by no means unique to digital learning technology but can be used to dramatically increase engagement and adoption. Tactics include points systems, rewards, competitions, ratings, and more, all of which connect the user to the content and other participants.
4. Personalization. One of the most fundamental advantages to digital learning is personalization. Digital learning technology removes the constraints of the traditional one-to-many model and allows students to learn at their own pace. Future digital learning technology platforms will take this even further, offering more opportunities to personalize the experience. This may be simple, such as creating a dynamic user profile, or advanced, using AI to tailor every element of the learning experience to that specific student.
5. Globalization. Finally, the digital learning trend that’s closest to our hearts here at Knovva: globalization. We live in a global economy and online learning must make internationalization an inherent part of any learning platform. This includes everything from support for multiple languages to building a community that connects students around the world to crafting programs that are sensitive to and embracing of cultural differences. For all the power of digital learning technology, we believe this is where it really shines: the ability to build bridges between individuals and communities around the world.