The country’s growing education sector has seen strong demand for digitization of education, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to multiple policy developments and increased investment in technology. Technological trends in the Indian education sector have touched various shades of education with the advent of technology in India.
Grant Thornton Bharat published a report on “Technology and cyber trends in the Indian education sector” which focuses on how the education sector has been impacted by latest technology trends, the effect of the pandemic on the medium teaching, changing engagement modes and cyber risks and what opportunities and challenges exist in the post-pandemic world.
The pandemic as a catalyst for technological innovation in education
The rise of technology and digital has impacted our lives, especially during the pandemic period. While technology and digitization in the education sector have prevailed, the real acceleration and impact has been seen during the pandemic, when learning moved online and digital was the pathway for all forms of learning. The pandemic has forced many schools and colleges to switch to a remote learning model. From primary education to higher education, the digital transformation of the education sector has accelerated and moved it towards online platforms.
Rise of Technology in Education – Opportunities
Technology has forced instructors and students to change the way they interact in a classroom. Traditional classrooms had a rigor of physical attendance and learning with other students that helped develop interpersonal skills and cultivate good social behavior. Instructors could interact face to face with students, mentor them and be a guide for their overall development. VR and AR offerings have been the latest entrants into the EdTech sector. It was mentioned in the report: “For us, technology is a means of empowering the people of the country. For us, technology is the pillar of the creation of the Atmanirbhar country.
Technology has also played a key role in making teaching interactive through the use of graphics, interactive dashboards and immersive experiences with VR/Augmented Reality (AR) features built into the curriculum for the student interest and participation. Some of the technology trends that have shaped the industry in the recent past are – virtual satellites (V-SAT), virtual classrooms, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms, AR modules, etc.
Rise of Technology in Education – Challenges
The rise of technology in this industry has also led to an increase in cybersecurity risks and incidents that have impacted the industry. The cost of these cyberattacks can be significant, both in monetary terms and loss of reputation for the educational institution, as well as psychological impact on students.
Other than that, some devices are troublesome as students are tempted to watch videos and browse social media on them. Moreover, unlike the traditional classroom, in these online sessions, students are disciplined regarding attendance and cyberbullying has also increased.
With the rise of technology in education, India has also become the main target of cyber threats to educational institutions and online platforms. Schools and universities in India have been victims of successive cyberattacks and data breaches that have forced them to take key systems offline, which has had a huge impact on classroom learning during the pandemic.
What awaits us….
In the future, these trends will undoubtedly grow in popularity, as the learning skill these days is not only instantaneous and modular, but becomes even more addictive. Technological trends in education can help students learn in a way that suits them. Technology has the potential to revolutionize learning for students and instructors – it can make learning accessible, immersive and fun.
However, the rise of technology in this sector has also led to the increase in cyber security risks and incidents which have impacted the sector. Therefore, good practices and precautions should be followed with the right safeguards so that an environment of security, privacy and safety prevails.