Education has undergone a paradigm shift in recent times, unlike in the past when a Degree from a renowned university would suffice for landing one’s dream job. Cut to the present, when learning has become more holistic in nature and aspires to create the leaders of tomorrow, rather than simply toppers. This is a rising focus to develop skill-sets such as critical thinking, problem-solving, developing soft skills, ingenuity, and innovative application of theoretical knowledge. This revolution has been driven by EdTech startups that are striving towards making India a knowledge economy by deploying the latest technological tools.
Emerging education parameters and job requirements
In today’s times when life has become more unprecedented than ever, applied knowledge and soft skills are becoming a prerequisite to sustain as well as become a disruptor. The reimagined world has moved from rote learning to analytical thinking and reasoning, handhel by EdTech startups. Skills such as strategic thinking, creativity, originality, and complex problem solving with a solution-oriented approach, are gaining prominence alongside traditional educational courses. Similarly, leadership skills with a high level of Emotional Quotient and empathy, are basic expectations from new-age leaders.
Furthermore, in India, besides soft skills, spoken English serves as a significant roadblock in exploring global and local opportunities. This impacts the candidates’ confidence, as well. As per a Google report, only 1 out of 10 Indians can speak English. This indicates the pressing need for spoken English courses in current times.
Evolution of Technology is Education in India
Technology has been a boon in terms of bringing alternative and emerging learning modules to the country and widening the adoption of knowledge. The pandemic encouraged students and parents to turn towards digital learning. It has, also, displayed the effectiveness and superiority of online models of education over brick-and-mortar institutes.
Soft skills are typically dodged by educational institutes due to their already heavy course modules. This creates a gap between the future job seeker and the employer. Digital learning can inculcate soft skills in a far more effective manner, leveraging technology. Interactive tools, gamification, and activity-driven group programs are some of the approaches used by EdTech startups to impart soft skill training.
Gamification involves converting traditional teaching subjects into a game format. Using game design, the instructors are able to engage the children better to understand and retain, otherwise dry subjects. Gamification of education, particularly soft skills will develop multiple skill-sets that prepare the next generation for multi-layered decision-making.
Similarly, activity-driven learning involves doing live experiments and other activities. This sharpens the memories of children and they do not consider learning an uphill task anymore. Interactive tools also go a long way in combating the monotony created by single-way teaching. The storytelling approach with life-like situations enables an all-around personality and character development. There are various activities that help to instil reasoning, logical thinking, and creativity, among others. These activities could also be in groups as such group discussions, role-plays, presentations or collectively solving worksheets.
In-app features of learning platforms can help students to improve their pronunciation, grammar, speed of reading. EdTechs also provide tools such as mock conversations to improve speaking skills and overall confidence. These games or activities could be customized depending on the students’ grasping power and learning abilities.
With their engaging and immersive nature, the students are inclined to adopt the learnings with a much higher chance of retention. Similar to on-the-job-training, the simulation modules foster improvisation. Further, these modules are personalized to a great extent and are usually taught in smaller batches for maximized attention.
Understanding the criticality, EdTech startups are unlocking the potential of the candidates from an elementary level. Continuous learning facilitates deeper, life-long experiences. They design state-of-the-art programs to harness the creativity and innovation of a child to empower them with a comprehensive robust personality. By increasing the accessibility of education, technology has reimagined the sector for the traditional run-off-the-mill courses, as well as, alternative courses. This is opening up the possibilities for a new world.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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