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Online Media Cafe: Education sector to steps towards realism due to adoption of immersive technologies

The Indian education sector has undergone major transformations over the years. In the present digital age, technological adoption has forayed into the educational landscape as well and has brought about major changes in the curriculum and learning experience of the students. New-age technologies, especially immersive technologies have revamped the curriculum of the students and have upscaled the sector on the whole at unimaginable levels.

The effect of the pandemic

The pandemic’s outburst last year which caused disruptions stepped in as a blessing in disguise for the educational sector. It has upturned the segment altogether and the concepts of online learning and hybrid learning have become the new educational norms. Adopting technology was no longer an option but has rather became the need of the hour. While the trend of tech adoption is slowly picking up pace, immersive technologies are also gradually entering the Indian educational scenario and are being used extensively in extending a high-end experience to the students. They now have access to the latest learning material and top-notch educational experience and all this has been possible due to the increased acceptance of technology in the sector.

Using immersive technologies in the Indian educational system

Using these solutions, the Indian education sector’s landscape has undergone a revolution and it has become an augmented and virtually simulated experience. Learning has now become self-paced where students can study anytime, anywhere without any restrictions of geographical locations or timings.

Teaching is no longer a rote learning or the mundane process of teachers explaining and students listening. There has now been a transition from theoretical textual book-based learning to a more engaging, interactive, and playful one all due to the inculcation of AR and VR. The knowledge-gathering process has become interesting and immersive for the students with these technologies. Educators have now been leveraging the power of AR and VR in order to extend the top-notch educational experience to the learners.

Additionally, with the power of other advanced solutions like AI and ML, the teaching process has been enhanced right from the process of grading to that of curating personalized content and resolving their queries instantly. Teachers have been able to provide improved, personalized, customized, and self-paced experiences to the students via the benefits of Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, Machine Learning has enabled in real-time analysis of students’ performance, modification of teaching methods, and curriculum based on the data collected. It then suggests possible customization in content curation and teaching methods and paves the way for a highly personalized and individualistic learning experience.

PwC in its recent report highlights a similar trend and states that immersive technology is a powerful educational tool. It not only helps instill confidence ( a remarkable 275% of students share that they feel confident post-learning via immersive tech-enabled content) and other soft skills amongst the learners but also fosters the connection between the educational content and the students. The report also points out that learners taught with virtual reality tech-based content are 3.75 times more emotionally connected to the educational content and are 4 times more focused in their studies. The study further shares that simulation-based learning makes the students feel as if they have been involved in a productive and fruitful learning experience.

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