Educational institutions have dealt with significant change and disruption in the past few years, largely brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of it has been challenging, one positive lesson we can take from it is that with the right technology, schools are extremely adaptable and can transform the way people learn and teach.

Following this trajectory, we can expect the future of education to be spearheaded by technology — mainly AV technology. Not only did audiovisual provide solutions for remote learning, but it also completely reshaped education as we know it. Let’s take a look at how.

A shift to collaborative learning. AV technology gives students a new way to interact with classroom content, even if they are distance learning. Regardless of physical location, students can respond to polls, speak with their teacher and classmates, and share files for the class to see and work on in real-time. Teachers can use visuals, videos, forms, and more to make learning a collaborative experience.

Using virtual reality to create immersive experiences. Virtual Reality (VR) is made possible in the classroom thanks to AV technology — and it can totally reshape the future of education. Studies have proven that students learn best through experience, and VR can recreate in-person experiences. This can range from an elementary school student feeling like they’re standing next to the Egyptian pyramids to a medical student getting to observe a “real” surgery.

Appealing to all learning styles. In previous years, classrooms typically were only able to cater to one learning style. AV technology allows educators to appeal to multiple learning styles without duplicating efforts. For example, by streaming lessons via video with supporting content, teachers can cater to both visual and auditory learners. Plus, students learn at different paces, so having the option to view lessons in real-time and asynchronously through recordings will help them absorb the lesson at their own speed.

Making education accessible to more people regardless of physical location. Previously, educational decisions had to be made based on physical proximity to the institution. The COVID-19 pandemic showed that it’s more than possible to deliver a quality education without having to be physically present at a school, opening up worldwide possibilities for those seeking the best possible education. This is especially impactful in rural areas or for those who are seeking a specialized course of study that is not widely available.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies will increase. With more content being hosted on cloud-based programs, students can use the devices they are familiar and comfortable with without sacrificing any capabilities. This is especially applicable to higher education institutions where it’s more customary for students to use their personal devices.

Schools and universities should get ahead of these emerging trends in order to deliver an elevated educational experience. The first step in doing so is finding the right AV integrator to help you design and implement the right technology for your teachers and students. IVCi has worked with K-12 and higher education institutions of all sizes and is available to help — contact us today to speak with an AV expert and learn more.

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