Yesteryears saw an education regime which was based on traditional classroom teaching involving boring lectures, discussions, homework and more. But today the situation has changed. Technology has conquered our lives and our abilities to learn. We have started to reshape our culture of textbook learning to online learning. Times have changed and our assessment culture has also been reshaped by the trending technology.
Business has improved the economic status of regions. More than the buy and take policy, business has taught the world better lessons. Along with that, the business management industry also boomed. Management schools today also teach the basic life’s lessons to their students.
Customized learning platforms have redefined the way we look at education. Each course has a different approach to learn. For instance, medical courses have a lot of practice sessions involving the human body, however, engineering students would have to work on the techniques and mechanics of machines. Similarly, management courses adopt the best teaching strategies to carve the best leader out of an individual.
AI, Virtual and Augmented reality along with online learning platforms and massive open online courses have made management education look more professional and original. Online business management colleges have adopted most of the advanced technology methods to facilitate better learning.
The ways through which the Business Schools have adopted technology in education are given here.
1 – Artificial Intelligence
As the analytic abilities of human brains can be mimicked by artificial intelligence, it is considered an important technology to understand the leadership traits of human beings. Moreover, as most of the businesses today use artificial intelligence in their day-to-day activities it is necessary to equip future leaders with the adequate technical skills to understand how artificial intelligence is driving the company’s interest.
Course assessments, grading, talent acquisition and more are performed with the help of artificial intelligence. In a way, the classroom environment is becoming devoid of teachers. Those who want to learn in the comfort zones of their homes can even do that.
There is also software that identifies the student’s interest in order to help him choose a course that best suits them. Artificial Intelligence is also a great help to the specially challenged students who would not have been able to successfully complete their lessons with the traditional teaching methods.
2 – Virtual Reality
Visual learning is the best form of learning. If so, learning by experience is even better. Virtual reality helps students to see and experience the lessons. The sense-organs are most receptive to any form of learning and virtual reality uses this characteristic of teaching to impart the best lessons at school.
By introducing virtual reality in classrooms, there has been an improved rate of educational productivity inside the classrooms. That is, even without their own knowledge, students are able to learn their lessons. An involuntary act is hence converted to voluntary learning.
Virtual field-trips as in the case of Google Expeditions are the best examples of how virtual reality is used to create an illusion of translocation to any place on the planet. Language immersion is another technology that helps in learning another language by using virtual reality headsets and gamified-applications that help in the same. Experiments conducted in Google’s daydream lab found put that the people who were taught with the help of virtual reality learned faster and better than the others who didn’t have an opportunity for the same.
Virtual reality is adopted even by Universities to teach lessons in philosophy. The Sevenoaks School of Philosophy in the United Kingdom has experimented in teaching the philosophy book Meditations on First Philosophy and was successful in the same.
The Stanford School of Business currently offers a certificate program wherein all the classes are rendered through the virtual reality application known as the VR Chat.
3 – Online Learning Platforms
It is not a fantasy that the business schools in future may be virtual. The research by GMAC has found that online MBAs are in higher demand than traditional MBAs. Learning platforms such as Future Learn, Udacity, Edx, CourseEra, HBX and more have changed the learning methodologies of top business schools including Harvard. Though there are concerns over interactivity and employer recognition, most leaders in education believe that online learning platforms are taking over the world by storm. The most interesting fact is that most of these courses are offered by the world’s best universities.
Internationalization is another important quality of an online class. You’ll probably have students from all around the globe taking successful courses along with you.
4 – Massive Open Online Courses
Information technology enabled management education has attracted a large number of masses over the years. A study by Hartman in 2013 has shown that almost 6.7 million students have enrolled in an online mode of education for management courses. The ease of access to education when compared to the traditional degree-granting institutions and the provision of easily obtaining a certificate has added to the popularity of MOOCs.
Decades ago, online learning was called the Collaborative telelearning and technology-mediated business education. The initial steps in using tech in classrooms were to use computers to automate certain steps of the instruction process. The verbal and electronic questionnaire was another characteristic of technical learning in the initial years.
Technology tools including staging tools, course delivery tools, course collaboration tools, assessment. and learning tools are used in imparting online education.
By using technology in learning, most of the glitches in a traditional classroom environment can be avoided. Moreover, the best leaders are made not born. By effectively mining the leadership-skills out of an individual using today’s technology, it will be possible to create the best-business-men for tomorrow. And for that technology is the only solution.