The power of EdTech – why it’s instrumental in the higher education sector

The education sector is starting to implement new and disruptive technologies that are considered of utmost importance in the digitisation process. Here are some of the reasons why EdTech is instrumental for education institutions and students alike:

 

Students can plan the course of their education and future career

Oliver Thomas, Director of Strategy and Innovation at Hult International Business School, claims that EdTech is essential for the higher education sector because there is an ever-increasing demand for relevant and accessible education, which can be best achieved through digital means. EdTech gives students within higher education more choice and the power to change careers and perfect their skill set.

“These days people are changing careers four or five times in their lifetime. Even if you stay in the same field, technology is advancing at such a fast pace, you need to constantly update your skill set,” says Thomas. EdTech gives learners the opportunity to increase their skill set and keep up with employers’ demands (from job candidates), giving them the best chance of securing a role in which they can excel and further their careers.

 Innovations in EdTech such as Big Data help students to identify any gaps that may be missing in their skill set that could be holding them back from achieving their full potential or reaching an ideal role or salary. Higher education institutions such as Hult International Business School use innovative digital tools to identify areas for skill set improvement. Tools such as careermapper.io enable students to answer questions based on their current career path, giving the user other details of jobs within that same career sector. Using Big Data, the tool gives details on the competitive job market, salary range and the skills required from candidates to do various roles. Users can establish long and short-term career goals quickly and easily.

Simplifying student assessment

Because of new technological advances through EdTech, tutors and professors can assess those learning on their courses much more easily. Both students and teachers can digitally-send assignments, and then communicate between each other using digital devices, meaning that feedback can be a straightforward yet ongoing process.

Students can easily reach tutors whenever they need further support; while deadlines, assessment feedback and projects can be assigned more directly and in a more personalised fashion. Digitisation of a marking system also allows lecturers and professionals to identify students’ areas of weakness, enabling them to give immediate support that is tailored to the students’ learning requirements. Students can also request feedback or help with course work at any time, which is especially helpful if they are not on campus or if they are taking a course based on remote learning.

Improved learning experiences

By digitising a higher education institution through EdTech, more aspects of the everyday running of a campus become paperless, meaning less administrative work and more income that can be spent on smart learning software. Digitising the higher education system enhances learning experiences and engagement – keeping students immersed in their courses. This is achieved through the integration of EdTech such as multi-media, apps, AI, 3D printing, mobile apps, peer-to-peer learning platforms and so on. Cloud technology also makes these learning experiences available at any time, easily downloadable from a single source.

Equal opportunity for all

EdTech doesn’t just engage learners in more immersive ways – it also has the potential to equalise education standards and opportunities. Mobile and online applications have led to an increased access to education, as well as an improvement to the overall learning experience. All higher institutions, regardless of budget, have the ability to receive the same standards and level of content thanks to Cloud and online technologies, meaning that access to a quality education is potentially available to everyone, regardless of where they are based or which institution they attend.