The ultimate purpose of an educator is to teach students to think in a better way.
JD SOFT has launched its yet another technologically advanced product for the education sector that uses advanced analytics to guide the students in achieving greatness.
The introduction and advancement of technology within the education sector is opening up new approaches to the traditional teaching model. The education paradigms are shifting to include collaborative online, blended and hybrid learning. But with budgets for technology and training equally tight, how can those involved in education measure return on investment and overall success in order to gain additional funding and support?
Changing The Way We Learn
Education is under constant pressure to attract the best teaching talent as well as to secure consistent financial support – often from students to attract new students. As a way to appeal to both educators and students, state of the art technology investments and forward-thinking initiatives are being considered and implemented. Through technology, universities can expand student capacity by digitising courses, which in turn results in a larger tuition pool that can be reinvested in the university for the benefit of the student. As a result of taking courses online with high production values, educators have created new methods of teaching that are improving the overall learning experience.
By utilising familiar computing devices such as tablets or smartphones for education, universities can rethink the way in which they approach lecture-based learning and exams, developing new methods such as flipped and blended learning. Flipped learning, where the lecture and theoretical aspect of the lesson is delivered as homework often via video, enables more discussion during the class time. This provides students with better opportunity to ask specific or more informed questions, for teachers to increase one-on-one time with their students, and encourages student-to-student learning. The individual attention made possible with flipped and blended learning styles is helping schools move toward more personalised education. EDUMAAT’s lesson and assignment planning module take this one step further with advances in teaching styles like adaptive and competency-based learning by offering different content to learners based on an interactive assessment of their understanding of the subject.
This type of learning requires access to educational content, where ever the student may be at a time that suits them, and this is why digital content is perfect and EDUMAAT enables that. Not only is it accessible on mobile devices, it can also be highly scalable to include more students. Once learning material is online, the content can be accessed from all over the world, enabling newer styles of learning such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) and small private online courses (SPOCs). The result is more virtual seats, more students learning and thus more financial support being created for higher education establishments to reinvest into new technology and other strategic objects. For true success, high performing, responsive applications, running on a fast and agile network are vital.
Tracking results and understanding where improvements can be realised is critical for the educator and technology to give a full ROI for student’s investment in their education and a quest for their knowledge.
Measuring Success Through Analytics
By tracking the students’, faculties and other infrastructure for their effectiveness in delivery and progress through the use of technologies, devices, and software throughout the day and seeing which are generating the best results, EDUMAAT can help educators better understand how students and other stakeholders are performing towards the stated objective.
The use of analytics is also helping to encourage competency based coaching, where students performance against each KPI are measured and predicted which will help in taking corrective measures. This will give an opening to Competency Based Eduction (CBE), a form of personalised learning, one of the hot topics in education today, especially as it relates to community of colleges and institutes. By enabling students to master skills at their own pace, EDUMAAT’s analytic systems help to save both time and money.
Pinpointing best practices
Educators can determine how the most successful students work so that others can be encouraged to follow the same patterns and best practices. For example, EDUMAAT can monitor and visualise student behavioural patterns such as:
- How many hours students are in school during a week
- How many people are using different parts of the building
- The use of apps: how many are running and where
- Which courses or lessons are most accessed
- Answers to quick poll questions
and many more.
These result help students and educators to improve teaching methods, gain feedback on classes in real-time and maximise areas to improve the learning experience of students individually.
In the next article we will see in detail what are the technological advances EDUMAAT has brought to the Education sector.