It is more than a decade now after the online learning tools started penetrating the K12 market. Started with free learning management systems like Moodle which helped the teachers to create lesson plans and content for their subject topic to share with the learners in advance. Uploading video tutorials started recently with the availability of high speed internet globally.
Now in the present COVID crisis, we also saw the rise of live video teaching and learning using different video conference tools.
There are various methods to teach students while teaching online. This includes digital textbooks to animations to game-based environments.
Online video teaching is the most popular and easiest method for the majority of teachers to implement as part of their online teaching strategy. All it requires are some good quality video lectures prepared in advance.
The following are some trends in online video teaching that is defining K12 education in 2020:
1. Recorded lectures
Recorded lectures help students to revise the topics later and is also helpful to the students who missed the live class. Also equally helpful to the students who attended the class but didn’t get time to take notes of all points discussed during the class. Recorded lectures also helps students with learning difficulties. Those who have dyslexia find it easy to learn from recorded lectures than from live classes. Recorded lectures are also a great way to access the lectures of previous years and also helps the institution to show the lectures from teachers who are no more working in the institution.
2. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality provides interactive animations embedded within the environment with the help of devices that can be worn by the users. Augmented reality teaching is different from virtual reality teaching. This method is costly at the moment because of the requirement of hardware devices for each user. But this has not stopped teachers from trying it in their online video teaching. Even teachers in remote villages of India had tried implementing augmented reality in their classrooms. The augmented reality method also provides students an opportunity to create their own content.
3. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is now everywhere including classrooms. By integrating artificial intelligence with video teaching, the videos can be delivered in a more impactful way to the learners. The AI will learn which videos students are watching, which videos they are skipping and within videos, the specific content and time the students are focusing on, etc. All these observations by AI provide feedback to teachers for improving video creation and also helps the learners automatically based on their individual learning methods.
4. Personalized learning modules
Each student learns in their own unique method and pace. It is impossible for teachers to manually give individualized attention to each of these students. But with the basic knowledge in student psychology, teachers can personalize the learning modules by broad student categories and with the help of AI it becomes further easy to personalize the learning modules to different students. The AI learns automatically when the student learns and improvises the personalizations on the go.
5. Gaming based learning
Usually, it is boring and difficult for learners to sit through hours of video lectures in a single day. But if a game-based approach is given, the same students who stopped learning after a few minutes will sit for hours on the topic of learning and participating in tests for the learning outcomes. This method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Teachers are anyhow implementing game-based learning in their online video teaching strategies. Game-based learnings also train the students to collaborate, communicate, interact, and work in teams. What really happens in online video teaching is not game-based learning, but gamification of the video and other content being delivered by the teachers and consumed by the students.
6. Promote self-directed learning
The nature of learning from online video classes promotes more self-directed learning. The video lectures are uploaded in the learning management systems and students are advised to explore and learn in their own preferred time and location. Students start learning at their own pace and soon finds out their own best learning methods. The AI integrated into the tools also keeps a note of the same and starts delivering videos optimized to the learning methods of students. The self-directed learning method also prepares the students for their future higher education, where self-directed learning is the key.
7. Evolution in examination methods and process
Online video teaching and implementation of AI have changed the way examinations are conducted. Examinations methods and process are always evolving and that too on the go. “Proctoring” of exams based on AI is the new standards because logistics and infrastructure are no longer a limit to conduct examinations. The intelligence embedded in to the examination tool makes sure that the examination is conducted fairly. This allows students to take the examination even while at their home and can still make the results fair.
8. Evolution of LMS to LXS
Learning Experience Systems(LXS) is the new favorite phrase of educators and ed-tech companies. LXS provides rich learning experience systems for students to learn by interacting with rich and embedded media. In earlier days, the Learning Management System(LMS) included only content as it is. Text, Video, and animations used to explain topic after topic. With LXS more interactivity is given to the overall content. The help from experts are required to create content for LXS and may be costly to be implemented by all schools. But this trend is going to stay here.
9. 5G led immersive solutions for teaching
5G haven’t reached all parts of the world. With the kind of upload/download speeds 5G provides and the power of 5G this is going to change the way video teaching and other forms of online learning presently happening across the globe. Even though the 5G handheld devices are going to be costly initially, it will be implemented and tested by a few teaching experts as the future of online teaching. 2020 is a year of demonstration of 5G led learning possibilities. Many of us will have to wait before we access true 5G in our every day life.
10. Learning becoming more optimized
Learning is becoming more optimized with the implementation of online learning tools. With the methods explaining above like the impact of AI, the teachers across the globe can provide optimized learning experiences to their students even with the difference of resource availability across different schools and geographies.
11. The emergence of more ethical and privacy issues
With the penetration of online teaching and learning everywhere and the speeds at which these contents are delivered, more concerns are expressed by experts regarding the ethics and privacy of these advanced technologies in the learning activities of students. As the technologies are getting implemented at a faster pace, there is not much time left to discuss these concerns in advance. The concerns arise and are expressed once the technology is implemented and students start using the same.
With the availability of high-speed internet and smartphones everywhere, all teachers and students across the globe are enjoying the benefits of online video teaching. Even during the recent pandemic crisis, online video teaching proven to be a savior to teachers and students. The benefits of online video teaching are much more than support during the pandemic. Contact an expert in your network to know more.
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