The institutions that commit to delivering great experiences will be the ones to succeed in the next 50 years, writes Avaya’s Assaad Yazbeck.
With the forced acceleration of digital transformation that we’ve seen over the last 18 months, the way the next generation of students are being educated has changed dramatically.
How should UAE educators respond so that they can not only address the needs of students today, but future-proof themselves for the next 50 years? After all, the education industry is key to the country’s stated aim of becoming the best country in the world by 2071.
The past two years have provided incontrovertible evidence that education can be delivered digitally
The answer is simple: Institutions should compose learning experiences that matter.
The education industry is being disrupted digitally; while many parents haven’t necessarily enjoyed the move, the past two years have provided incontrovertible evidence that education can be delivered digitally. And we are now at the stage where we can believe that educating doesn’t need to be tied to a physical space like a campus or traditional classroom.
The big opportunity is harnessing that opportunity to compose better learning and teaching experiences.
Even before the pandemic, a student’s ability to access educational material online had fundamentally expanded their ability to acquire knowledge in ways we couldn’t imagine before.
Deploying the right technology mix is crucial here
Today, with knowledge-transfer no longer bound by geography, the industry is having to work quickly and adapt to new models that take advantage of the best parts of online and offline models. Deploying the right technology mix is crucial here.
The focus should be on empowering educators to deliver their knowledge effectively and for students to access that knowledge easily. From a technology point of view, this means leveraging composable platforms that can easily integrate student information and learning management systems, while enabling face-to-face video calls at the click of a button. Think of simple building blocks that enable you to ‘compose’ what you need, right away, with little deployment time, and you’re pretty much there.
At the same time, these systems have to keep data safe both online and offline.
Course materials should be developed around the student and their needs, taking into account that the mode of education could be remote, in-person, or hybrid. And learning platforms should be accessible enough that students are given the same level of experience; regardless of the devices they have available to them.
Indeed, composing great experiences will attract the best teachers, put out the best students, and get the best results. Those institutions that commit to delivering great experiences will be the ones to succeed in the next 50 years.