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Five ways tech is going to change everything about going to school

Originally posted on techrepublic.

The COVID-19 crisis has forced the education sector to digitise  as much and as quickly as possible to keep contact between students and teachers continuing through lockdown.

The pandemic has also highlighted long-running issues around traditional teaching models. It’s also shown that there is no quick fix, and that the success of digital transformation in education requires a combination of both cultural and technical answers with teachers and the student experience at the forefront.

With industries around the world now starting to consider what the new normal might have in store, TechRepublic spoke to ed-tech sector experts to find out the key trends that will define the future of education.

1. Blended learning

Social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, meaning schools and academic institutions will have to reassess face-to-face teaching and look towards learning models that blend both in-person and online learning

Blended learning can range from online tests, discussions, interactive learning materials to video content, with some but not all elements still completed face to face.

A number of UK universities have already moved lectures online in response to COVID-19, with Cambridge University having announced that it will continue doing so for the remainder of 2020.

Imperial College Business School has successfully shifted all learning online, with the university last year proclaiming to have become the first in the world to deliver live lectures using hologram technology.

“We are likely to see an increase in demand for online and blended programmes, particularly at the postgraduate level,” says David Lefevre, director of Imperial College Business School’s EdTech Lab.

“This increase in demand will be met by an increase in the ability for universities to deliver online learning. The sector is witnessing an unreprecedented volume of innovation with regard to digital learning and many institutions have moved far beyond the initial move to remote teaching via webinars,” he says.

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