As we move into a new academic year, technology will continue to shape how we plan, deliver, and manage VET provision. Here are some notable trends to watch out for when looking to adopt or deploy more technology in college delivery and operations.
Extending the Classroom
As the cost of hardware continues to fall, the opportunities for extended realities are increasing. Augmented reality, virtual reality, or a combination of these technologies can enhance the experiences of students across many disciplines.
With new apps and software’s like Blippar or Overlyapp, creating AR experiences is becoming more accessible. Colleges should consider how these technologies compliment and integrate with existing provision and resources to increase accessibility and enrich learning experiences.
Innovating the Business Model
Whilst not new, eLearning continues to disrupt the landscape for colleges. Whilst platforms like Coursera or Udemy may present a threat to learning providers, they also offer the opportunity to consider new operating models and income streams.
Perhaps targeting new learning groups or collaborating with industry, eLearning offers opportunities to adapt to changing habits around the participation in education, and even how it’s paid for e.g., through subscription services.
Adaptive learning using Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Probably one of the most topical technologies in 2023, AI presents opportunities across many aspects of how colleges interact between learners and staff.
Whilst it may initially be met with resistance or scepticism, AI applications are changing the way we think about content creation, feedback, personalisation and even task automation. From information visualisation and creating digital lessons, AI can help students visualise information in different ways and access learning in ways more aligned to their needs, while keeping learning content up to date.
Conversational AI through e.g., chatbots again offers opportunities to alter or enhance the operating model of colleges to cater for more diverse learning communities.
Whilst chatbots in consumer markets may have been adopted more widely, solving queries around enrolment, funding or even offering personalised feedback and access to tools that support their studies, means student support is accessible 24/7. It may even aid in the retention of students and reduce resourcing through the automation of repetitive tasks.
Building new Digital Assets and Infrastructure
Blockchains allow colleges to create digital assets that validate qualifications and certifications. From record keeping, to managing assignments and feedback, blockchains present opportunities for complete business model innovation, as these technologies are no longer just tools, but can be digital infrastructures that enhance security whilst managing administrative responsibilities and reducing administrative costs.
With growing pressure on colleges to manage the changing habits and expectations of learners, staff, and stakeholders, as well as rapid technological advances, digital transformation can alleviate these pressures and provide support to learners, staff, and stakeholders to not only enhance their user experiences, but also significantly improve internal processes, enhance culture and mindset, and ultimately transform how you interact and engage.
ADMiC enables colleges to develop the skills and capabilities amongst staff to realise their digital ambitions and enable scalable and multimodal digital capability. Through our suite of online resources, we support the creation of leadership driven and articulated digital strategies that enhance digital culture and mindset and provide actions plans to initiate the alteration or development of new operating models, by embracing experimentation and collaboration across the digital journey of students, teacher, trainers, and industry.