IBL News | New York
In the new post-pandemic landscape, the blended option that combines asynchronous (online, on-demand) and synchronous (live, whether in-person or online) instruction is the most popular use of education technology. In addition, the most valuable quality is flexibility to fit around one’s life — meaning the “anytime-anyplace” approach.
These are the main findings of new research conducted by edX and ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) on the role and trends of educational technology, titled “EdTech: Supercharging careers in accountancy.” Over 1,400 learners and educators connected to accountancy participated in this global survey.
The research also found six key trends for educators in EdTech::
- Bite-sized or short-content videos
- Integrated learning and practice
- Role of AI and machine learning in learning and assessment
- Micro-credentials in professional learning and employment settings
- Gamification and simulation
- Augmented or virtual reality/Metaverse
The study detected the increased use of AI and algorithms to support students’ learning outcomes, along with innovative resources, including micro-video lessons, open-source textbooks, and creating custom exam practice software.
The research identified the existence of several barriers that increase the digital divide, such as access to reliable high-speed internet, power, and quiet learning places.