What do you think will be the main things we'll be seeing in edtech in 2018?

In 2018, we will start to see a growing interest in competency-based education (CBE) within educational institutions. Indeed, today’s students need flexibility that a traditional classroom model does not offer. Institutions are subsequently coming to the realisation that success is about the knowledge gained, not the time spent. When a student masters a concept, they move on to the next, and until they master it, they receive specific guidance to help them. Next year, those in education will increasingly see CBE as a way of giving students more control of their own experience – and a much better chance of succeeding.  

What do you think will be the main edtech challenges in 2018?

Today’s education environment is constantly changing. Technological advances, rising student expectations and fierce competition demand that educators continually adapt. A big challenge is implementing digital learning tools that keep pace and deliver the style of learning that’s now expected. Learning needs to be engaging, match the expectations of a digitally-savvy generation and equip students with the skills they need for the future.

It’s extremely important, however, that classroom technology is a seamless part of the learning process. Students need to have access to a variety of tools that match the required task and provides them with an understanding of the technology available to them. As such, it’s important that schools are using platforms with built-in support for third-party content and integration so that they can unlock new and enriching learning materials, regardless of the tool being used.

The good news is that the majority of today’s learning experience platforms do have this capability. Whether schools need to integrate complex multimedia e-learning-content or want to set up learning content with some PDFs enhanced by video, audio, animations or web-links, modern learning experience platforms are making it much easier, in a way that’s effective for the learner.

Elliot Gowans, VP EMEA, D2

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