As the pandemic impacted all our lives in the past few years, many of the institutions used advanced technology to continue remote education. For some people, this remote learning experience might have turned into a very effective way of learning whereas others cannot wait to go back to classes where they can interact with each other in person. Even though it was challenging, it showed a great potential to discover non-traditional ways of learning.
Remote learning can be very beneficial for the students who cannot make it to in person lectures, recording might provide extra resources for students to catch up. On the other hand many instructors needed to find alternative ways to deliver experiences where students need to be in person such as laboratory exercises, examinations or group activities. For example, simulation software can be used to complete exercises, or group activities can be run through virtual meeting and discussion boards. Remote learning is not something brand new, it has been already there via many online universities and online courses. However, it was nearly the first time it was used on such a wide scale and forced us to incorporate various emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR).
AI can provide students the opportunity to personalize their educational experience by providing assistance in straightforward questions and administrational tasks, leaving more time to instructors and administrators to engage with students. In some schools like Georgia Tech, it is used to keep track of the students who are not performing well or answer repeated questions so as to decrease the workload of TAs . Another technology that has been explored is VR. VR can be used to run lab exercises realistically without the restrictions of location or time. It can be also incorporated into teaching to provide a more exploratory and contextualized learning which can increase the engagement and motivations of students. For example, it can be used to run different scenarios which would not be possible due to material restrictions.
On the other hand, increased use of technology comes up with extra issues such as privacy and security issues. I think as the use of technology increases the institutions are in more danger of security threats. It should be compulsory to train both and faculty in such dangers. I think that such training would also be useful for many of us in our private lives as well.