Learners Prefer the “Anytime-Anyplace” Approach Along with Blended Technology

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::

  1. Bite-sized or short-content videos
  2. Integrated learning and practice
  3. Role of AI and machine learning in learning and assessment
  4. Micro-credentials in professional learning and employment settings
  5. Gamification and simulation
  6. 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.