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From Phygital Learning to Gamification, Key Trends That Will Define the Indian Edtech Sector in 2023

The edtech sector has had a significant impact over the past decade and the Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated this digitization. India is on the verge of an evolution in its education ecosystem. This is perhaps the most exciting and disruptive phase of the edtech sector, with the value predicted to grow to $30 billion in the next 10 years, and innovators poised to reshape the future of learning .

Here are some of the latest technology trends that are expected to transform the education industry in 2023 and for years to come:

Gamification in education – It is a process of solving problems by using the features of game elements in education. It helps increase student engagement, improve skills and optimize learning, simplify complex concepts and improve retention. Learning goals can be achieved through gamification, which encourages students to strive and receive instant feedback. It is predicted that game-based higher education will increase by about 32 percent by 2023. Edtech and gamification are concepts made to complement each other in the near future while enabling more expansion in the industry.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – The education sector is evolving with the use of digital technology and one of the major pioneers or trends responsible for this change is augmented and virtual reality. It is known to encourage retention and a personalized learning experience, increase experimentation opportunities, reduce reliance on rote learning, empower educators and students, and encourage active learning. Difficult concepts can be simplified for students by using virtual tools in a controlled environment. Although the Indian market is in the developmental stage of using AR and VR technology, it is believed to be the future of education.

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Phygital learning – It is the fusion of physical and digital forms of learning and is an innovative approach that is reshaping the current educational scenario. The Covid 19 pandemic has led to this downfall in the Indian education system. India has followed the traditional education system for centuries, but it is the pandemic that forced us to take a new direction, where the traditional and the digital approach can be merged to deliver more effective and personalized education.

Today, complex concepts are taught using animated audiovisuals, which aids in better retention and comprehension. Teachers and school management can track the performance of each student. Learning has become more interactive and students’ academic performance has improved.

One of the examples of physical education in the country is the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s O-lab or online labs, where students can conduct experiments without the need for a physical lab or equipment. Also, many edtech companies in India are providing digital solutions to schools to educate students in the best possible way, proving that phygital learning will be around for a long time.

Digital infrastructure – While the physical infrastructure of the school is an important facet in providing students with a conducive environment for their academic journey, the digital infrastructure also plays a key role in this, especially in the current scenario.

In recent years, digital classrooms have gained popularity across India. These technology-based classrooms (digital infrastructure) provide teaching and learning opportunities by integrating technology such as interactive whiteboard/projector, audiovisual capabilities, ICT labs/multimedia centers, educational games, classroom activity management software, submission and reviewing homework, cloud-based e-learning initiatives, etc.

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personalized learning – Personalized learning is a powerful new approach to education. It teaches students valuable technology, helps them choose a topic based on their interests and choices, track their progress and work on their areas of weakness, encourages engagement, sets goals for themselves and gets instant feedback. With all these benefits, learning becomes more fun and interactive. Thus, it can be said that personalized learning, equipped with digitization, is the future of education.

Education in India has undergone substantial growth and transformation in recent years, especially with the advent of digitization and the Edtech trends discussed above are a major part of that. With more schools in India taking the digital route to provide quality education to their students, it can be said that these edtech innovations/trends in education will shape the future of generations to come.

— Written by Arindam Ghosh, VP & Head of Strategy, Schoolnet

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