The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, cutting-edge technology advances, and pent-up demand for student-oriented learning present an unprecedented opportunity for authorities to transform education across systems.
Since the pandemic started, system leaders, education departments, educators, and students worldwide have demonstrated commitment, energy, and flexibility to respond to the need to adapt to modern learning methods and techniques.
Personalized education, remote learning, changing teaching methods, emerging technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), are integral components of learning in the 21st century.
Remote learning is the kind of education in which learners do not always present at a school. You study, learn, and qualify in your chosen subject online, meaning you don't have to attend a college building, an exam center, or a university campus.
Remote learning, also known as distance education, takes place using the internet, readily available to students in their homes or facilities like schools or local libraries. The internet has become a touchstone for distributing the learning material, engaging students with teachers, and providing them with streamlined communication tools.
Bear in mind that distance learning also uses other technological formats, including teleconferencing, TVs, and printable material. However, the immediacy and functionality of online education have made remote learning the first choice for students.
Online educational programs benefit from numerous emerging technologies for effective communication via interactive videos, cloud-based tools, email, student portals, and discussion boards to complete their lessons.
The concept of personalization in education came from the 19th century when Helen Parkhurst established the Dalton Strategy. Each student could develop and program their own curriculum to meet their needs, skills, abilities, and interests.
The Dalton Plan focused on promoting dependability, independence, enhanced social skills, and a sense of responsibility toward society. Personalized learning via modern technology tools is highly beneficial because:
· It is a highly structured technique and responsive approach to learning for each student
· It creates principles and ethos in which all students can participate, progress, and achieve their learning goals
· It fosters the link between teaching and learning by engaging students and their parents as partners
That's why personalization in learning methods is the future of education. According to David Miliband, the former Minister of State for School Standards in the United Kingdom, there are five essential parts of personalized learning:
· Assessment for learning
· Effective teaching and learning
· Curriculum entitlement and choice
· Radical methodology to organize educational institutions
· Beyond the classroom
Continuing advancements in information and communication technologies and the development of digital content tools make personalized learning available to broader audiences. A growing body of research evidence shows that technology tools in education can:
· Present educational content in an attractive and engaging form
· Help teachers to record and monitor each student's progress
· Allow customized delivery of learning material to each student
· Build virtual social communities among teachers and students
· Implement continuous learning process in different contexts
· Provide on-demand support to teachers and students
· Provide educational institutions with the latest tools, such as mobile apps and cloud-based solutions
Virtual Reality and Simulation
Virtual reality (VR), also known as virtual simulation, created by high-speed computers systems, leads to interactive experiences with the environment. Simulation makes dynamic interaction response on the behavior of students through visual, auditory, and tactile effects. Thus, VR is an integral component of education.
VR's application in education and learning primarily includes scientific research, virtual teaching, virtual campus, virtual training, and virtual experiments. For instance, virtual instruction leads to practical demonstration, exploration and provides an experiential environment for students.
A Powerful Learning Tool
The value of simulation in education lies in its ability to have students experience real-time learning concepts in a contained, safe, comfortable, controllable, repeatable, and measurable environment.
It helps students, particularly medical and engineering students, understand concepts by experience, acquire practical knowledge quickly, and make informed decisions in critical situations.
Besides living training, VR simulations provide students with scenario training in which they practice recurring protocols in complex and repeatable scenarios of different scales. For example, virtually simulated surgeries can help medical students repeat the process and learn adequately without wasting resources.
Time-Saving and Cost Effectiveness
The primary advantage of VR simulation in learning has a substantial effect on students' and teachers' time management. For example, the instructor can train students on different scenarios simultaneously, which otherwise would require a lot of time.
Unlike live training, VR simulations are reliable and cost-effective because they don't require increased resources, training staff, and reducing the need to build physical learning environments.
In addition, VR creates multiple opportunities for educational institutions to reduce the environmental footprints of their curriculum. For instance, VR Simulations prevent medical colleges from investing too much money in medical or surgical tools.
VR allows medical students without the drawbacks of setting up a live training environment, such as the use of surgical tools, errors in providing treatment, etc. It also gives students the possibility to receive remote instructions through online networks. That way, VR helps negates the need for teachers and students to travel to and from different locations.
Experiential learning is another important application of VR simulation in modern education, allowing students to have first-hand experience. It is an essential method that improves students' skills and expertise through practical applications of theories and problem-solving strategies, unlike hearing or reading about them.
Research shows that the absorption rate during a traditional lecture is 100% on day one and 80% loss learning within a few days, leading to a decreased retention rate of 3% after one month. On the other hand, experiential learning increases students' knowledge retention rates substantially.
The future of learning emphasizes modern technology tools and innovative approaches, such as personalized learning, remote learning, and virtual simulations. These methods lead to accelerated learning, provide students with a safe environment, and bridge the gap between theory and practice.
As a result, educational institutions achieve higher teacher-student engagement rates, allowing everyone to assess complex learning and make it easier. VR simulation is a cutting-edge technology that enables teachers and students to practice and visualize educational concepts virtually anywhere.