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4 Disruptive Learning Technologies: Changing Teaching Methods

Digital technologies have seeped into our everyday lives and have transformed the way we live. It’s no suprise that the same is happening in the learning sector as well. Certain new techniques are just starting to develop, but they will revolutionize not only the way that educators teach, but they will also transform the student experience.

Here are 4 technologies that are disrupting learning:

1.) Virtual Reality 

VR has found a lot of success in the entertainment and gaming industry, but it has a lot to offer in education due to its engaging nature.

It’s a way to create scenarios and help learners explore aspects that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. They could travel back in time to a prehistoric landscape or explore the human body.

Certain virtual reality learning methods are currently being used in the domain of medecine, but the trend will soon spread to other sectors. Certain universities are already experimenting with this technology.

2.) Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality  has enormous potential to inject value in the education process.

Google Glass is an example of how AR works, by helping with the buyer experience. This can also be translated to a learner’s journey by adding engaging elements to the process.

AR may allow a students to scan a solution virtually or might add to a museum tour by adding historical elements.

3.) Collaboration Platforms

Now that there is so much quality content that can be shared easily online, collaboration platforms have become a new disruptive way of teaching.

Videos, presentations and other materials can be diffused with ease, allowing learning to become easier or more fun.

A growing number of institutions are participating in this collaboration. They do this by aligning with like-minded entities. Applications such as Google Docs and Wikispaces are helping with this transformation.

4.) Simulations 

Simluations are designed to help users develop skills and to help deeply embed them for the long term.

Although certain simulations have been around for years, the concept is disrupting the learning landscape by working in conjunction with other learning tools.

What’s more, they are also becoming more sophisticated and elaborate as technologies allow for them to mimic real world experiences and markets. Some simulations so accurately depict a real-world environment that they can replace the risk of learning from on-the-job experiences.

Watch out, these new technologies will soon be accessible to almost anyone in the near future.


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