India has over 1.4 million schools and more than 227 million students learning in schools and other educational institutions. There are more than 36,000 higher education institutes in India. The country has emerged as one of the largest higher education systems in the world. A large number of international educational institutions are also engaged in India. India’s future depends on the education of its young population and therefore, Indian government is taking essential measures for rapid growth and development in this sector. The emergence of e-learning has created a boom in this sector as the number of internet users mostly comprise of young people. Digitalisation in education has commenced a new phase in India’s education sector.
The growth of Indian education market is expected to double by the year 2020 due to the rapid expansion of digital learning market. The digital education system features smart class solutions, online tutoring, online preparation for exams, STEM learning, AR & Robotics, simulation and virtual reality. However, the digital learning process cannot replace the basic school model of education. It can only fill the gaps of required needs in education. New education techniques are required to improve the current education facility in India.
The top trends in new education methods are as follows:
- Blended Learning
Blended learning is a formal education program that combines digital media with traditional classroom system. Basically, it is an advanced form of traditional classroom approach where the teacher educates the students using computer and technology. This method is getting widely popular in India as it combines the online learning process with traditional classroom teaching method.
- Educational Apps
The number of internet users have seen an exponential growth in India and it mostly comprises of young users. The emergence of educational apps is considered as a blessing for Indian students because it has enabled them to learn and excel in their academics along with co-curricular activities. They can easily study, give tests online, compete with a classmate, learn new concepts, learn new methods and they can even track their progress. Parents can also use these apps to track their children’s education. There are more than 75000 education apps available for smartphones and tablets.
- Wearable tech training
The use of wearable technology in fitness is already popular in today’s world. Its use in education can boost up the learning process for the students with a complete digital experience. Wearable gadgets like narrative clip & autographer, brain-sensing headbands like muse, etc. are gaining popularity in its use for educational activities. Students can use these gadgets while a field trip or industrial visits. Teachers can also use these technologies to monitor students’ brain signals.
- Flipped Learning
Flipped learning is another form of blended learning where the students are provided with video lectures outside their class to learn and they do their homework in the classroom under teacher’s supervision and guidance. This method isn’t very popular in India but its emergence on large scale can boost up the learning process for the students.
- Gamification / Animation in learning
Entertainment and education can be fused into one phenomena which can be termed as Edutainment. In this teaching method, students interestingly participate as it is educating as well as fascinating at the same time. Animated movies, games, audio-visuals, etc. based on their curriculum can boost their interest for specific subjects which can be more useful as a teaching method.
Currently, Indian education system needs to overcome the problems like poor infrastructure of education, shortage of trained teachers, expensive schools and colleges, backwardness in rural education, etc. which are acting as obstacles in the path for a bright future.
The government is taking required measures to overcome such problems and promote new teaching methods across the country. It has allowed 100% FDI in education sector. The overall growth of the nation can only be ensured if the education system is running smoothly.