The education sector in the US and UK has, over the last few years, been on the path of fundamental change. Apart from the introduction of new technologies, progressive educators have also been envisioning newer pedagogical principles to increase student engagement. The 2020 pandemic led to a rapid overnight change in the education paradigm and will also have long term implications across both universities and schools in the US and UK.
The possibilities that technology has opened up, such as remote classes, video-based asynchronous teaching, and deep analytics, will be fundamental in reimagining the future of education. This study shows that hybrid education will become the standard approach for education in the future, and flipped classrooms built on video management platforms will become a vital part of the educational institutions’ repertoire. Consequently, IT departments will become central to the overall strategy and pedagogy, and their first point of focus will be to build the infrastructure to enable video-based teaching, followed by using advanced analytics to facilitate personalized learning. A cloud-first approach for storage, collaboration, and analytics will, thus, be fundamental in enabling the disruption in education.
The 2020-25 period is going to be one of significant technology-driven disruption for this sector. Personalized learning, immersive experiences as well as real-time proctoring, will be central to the pedagogy. Several use cases leveraging video management, predictive analytics, video analytics, as well as immersive technologies, will be experimented with by both universities and schools. 2020 is showing educational institutions that openness to disruption is critical to remain resilient, and the next five years will see many foundational changes.
This report is based on inputs from nearly 90 academic and technology leaders from universities and schools across the US and UK. It seeks to become a reference for anybody looking to understand the changes expected in the education sector in the near term, as well as to reimagine what education will look like over the next five years.