Akinpelu Babatola
Guest Writer, The Xpress Train

Modern innovations have changed the concept of education. The 21st century has distinguished itself by revolutionizing the entire learning process. This is possible thanks to disruptive technology. 

This article will discuss five disruptive technologies that have changed the learning process. Let’s begin. 

  1. Online Learning

Online learning is the most popular disruptive technology in education. It has broken down the four walls of the class. Now education can cross international borders. It has removed the limitation of distance when talking about education. 

Online learning also makes education to everyone. No matter how busy your day is, online learning gives you the chance to learn. 

This is all possible with an internet connection and a smartphone. It has put classrooms in our hands. 

  1. Chat Platforms

Some might argue that online learning removes student-teacher interactions. Chat platforms are technology’s answer to that. Student-teacher interactions remain possible, through texts or video chats. 

Video chats take things a step further. They make holding group study sessions a breeze. Students can get together without even being in the same room. This benefit extends to inviting field experts to speak to students. You can even hold seminars and conferences for students.

  1. Competency-based Education (CBE)

Competency-based Education has moved the education away from curriculum-based learning. Instead, it focuses on the different capabilities of each student. The goal is to further develop the skill of each student in preparation for the labor market.

The process identifies students’ weaknesses and measures how much time they need to improve. It is much better than the traditional method that forces everyone to learn at the same pace.

You can think of it as a much more efficient learning process. 

  1. Virtual Reality.

What if I told you, you could take a walk through a museum while sitting at your desk? Sounds nonsensical, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what virtual reality technology is capable of. 

While it is still mostly being used in the gaming and entertainment industries, the educational sector is not far behind. Students can now experience real-life situations without any of the risks. 

Think about it. Medical students can perform operations without the need for an actual patient. Art students can visit galleries and museums without all the leg work.

With virtual reality, the possibilities are endless. 

Augmented reality technology takes things a step further. It transforms two-dimensional models into three-dimensional models. This facilitates an easier understanding of concepts that are hard to get while on the pages of a book. 

  1. Artificial Intelligence

You might think this is something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s not. Artificial intelligence is already almost everywhere. If you don’t believe me, think of Siri and Alexa. 

Yes, that’s right, you are holding AI in your hands. And now they are being designed to improve the process of education. 

AI can provide a program that is a match for each individual student. They can work for entire classes too. AI makes personalized tutoring a reality, and also provide feedback for students. 

Technology continues to improve our lives. The way we learn is not left out of this improvement process. It continues to provide a more efficient and personalized education to everyone, everywhere.