Despite what most people think, technology isn’t going to make us slower and lazier. It’s here to help us improve the learning experience. There are many upcoming trends in the events industry that aim to change the way we teach and learn. We must leverage them to get our conferences to the next level.
If you’re interested in knowing which trends they are, we’ve compiled some of the most outstanding that are making an impact on education.
AI and Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are two of the main factors transforming the education industry. While AI is a machines’ way to simulate our behavior, ML is their way of learning new things without human intervention.
Both disciplines are powerful tools that could help speakers optimize their tasks. By using AI-driven bots, delegates can have immediate feedback for their assignments. According to a recent survey from Visual Capitalist, delegates who get quick responses are more likely to develop improvements than those who receive delayed feedback.
The upcoming trends are focused on a personalized learning experience to address each delegates’ particular capabilities.Artur Meyster
Chatbots are having an impact not just on education, but on every industry. Take event planning, for example. Event planners use chatbots to automate many tasks and provide a better customer experience overall. A chatbot can help event planners engage with customers effortlessly and at a low cost. The average Facebook Messenger chatbot costs between $3,000 and $5,000, according to an article in CMS Wire.
Back to education, it’s important to mention that AI’s accuracy is usually higher than humans’. Although bots cannot evaluate an essay’s qualitative aspects, they can surely provide feedback for math tasks and other repetitive and redundant assignments.
VR and AR
Virtual and augmented reality can also have a positive impact on the conference room. The use of these tools helps speakers create a completely interactive environment at the conference. A couple of VR headsets can transport delegates to a different era or even to another country without leaving the conference room.
The difference between VR and AR is that augmented reality is just an extension of a digital environment in the real world. This means that a digital element and reality coexist at the same time. You should usually have a smartphone or tablet for this. A great example of AR are filters and the Pokemon AR game that was very popular a couple of years ago.
By contrast, virtual reality does not interact with reality. The complete digital environment is provided through a pair of headsets. VR might be more versatile in education because speakers can play around with the digital environment they show their delegates. However, bringing AR into the conference room might be more feasible because most delegates have smartphones, and not all of them own VR headsets.
In higher education, this is already implemented. Healthcare delegates can now practice surgeries and other procedures with a pair of VR headsets. According to this study from the Oxford Medical Simulation, VR implementation in medical classes is positively changing the healthcare education system.
Customized learning is also part of the future of education. The upcoming trends are focused on a personalized learning experience to address each delegates’ particular capabilities. This is positive considering that we’re all different, and we all have different needs and skills.
Personalized learning will help speakers encourage delegates to use their strengths. Besides, delegates with unfortunate disabilities can make the most out of their education through personalized learning. They no longer need to put effort into being like other delegates. They just have to work with their strengths.
Diverse Professional Backgrounds
Due to the rapid evolution of technology, many jobs that used to be in-demand a couple of years ago are no longer useful these days. Tech disruption is here, and it’s not stopping; instead, it’s taking over faster than ever.
This directly affects the education industry because delegates need to be constantly learning new trends. For example, these days, web development is in-demand, but due to no-code web development platforms, anyone can build a website. Some of these sites are Wixx or even WordPress.
This doesn’t mean that web development skills are no longer going to be useful in the future. However, the demand for those developers might drop, so delegates may have to diversify their skills. The best way to approach this situation is by becoming a life-long learner and be aware of the latest tech trends in your industry.