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Connected-campus is a new digitally-driven phenomenon being embraced by institutions to create a collaborative environment while aiming to foster learning. Though the nature of ‘connected campus’ varies depending on institutional setup, there is one aspect common among all such educational institutions: education technology or, as per how they put it nowadays, Edtech. According to Gartner Survey, nearly 59 percent of CIOs anticipate the change in business models as a result of the spurt in digital transformation.
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Business leaders in connected education space believe digital technology will attract a significant amount of investments from institutions across the globe. Following are the trends the education technology space is witnessing in the backdrop of the digital revolution.
1. Connected Classrooms to Foster Engagement
Unlike traditional classrooms encompassing students seated in rows, connected classrooms will address the challenge of ‘student isolation’ and create a lasting engagement among students and teachers alike. In addition, it will help create a culture wherein pupils can learn, interact and share ideas whilst having fun.
2. Usage of Big Data and Analytics Improves Student Performance
Analytics tools embedded into student devices will empower them to self-assess their performance without having to depend on their teachers. The machine learning and AI algorithms can play a pivotal role in improving their performance as it will suggest creative ways to improve in areas where the student has difficulty understanding.
3. Personalized Learning
By leveraging technology, provides students and teachers to create customized learning modules that enable them to achieve educational goals effortlessly. For instance, the educator can tailor a module having just textual information with pictures and videos while adding more color to the content.
4. Investment in Cybersecurity of Smart Devices
As connected devices are proliferating in connected education space, cybersecurity experts are diverting their investments towards the security of smart devices in the ecosystem. The recent incidents of data breach across a number of institutions have pushed cybersecurity innovators to invent better security products.
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