Trends Converging into Higher Education

For a couple of years, pursuing higher education in a particular stream was a long, tedious process. Attending classes and collecting notes somewhat narrowed knowledge coverage. With the rise edtech, students seem to widen their reach acquiring worldwide knowledge just sitting in their rooms. That’s the power of new disruptive learning technologies!

In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift with the incorporation of technology in the field of education. And with the rise of education technology, the education sector has undergone a phenomenal change. 

Many higher education institutions have started adopting these technologies for wider reach and thus keeping up with the trend.

Here are some of the trends that challenged the traditional outlook of higher education:

  • Video-Based Learning

  • Online Assessment Techniques

  • Self-Paced Learning

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Virtual Reality

  • Chatbots

Video-Based Learning: 

Several online portals have come up in recent years. Popular sites such as LinkedIn, Udemy, Unacademy, Coursera, etc. offer online courses that provide the students with the necessary knowledge for the present times and also help them hone their skills. Universities like the Hindustan Institution of Technology & Science (HITS) in Chennai offer online courses which is a convenient platform for those who wish to pursue higher education in a free environment and learn at their own pace. Upon completion of the lessons, the students are also provided certificates. 

Online Assessment Techniques:

An examination is one of the traditional modes of evaluation that is used for determining the success of the students and this is evaluated manually in many institutions. Now, many online platforms have simplified the evaluation process with the help of AI. 

Self-paced learning:

Every student has a different pace of learning a particular subject. Just as every person has a favorite topic, similarly their way of learning and understanding differs too. The only way to overcome this is to let the students learn at their own pace. Many higher education institutions have launched various online courses where students learn through video lessons at their convenience. They can also participate in live sessions and also assess the recorded sessions later at their convenience. 

Artificial Intelligence:

AI is one of the biggest tech trends that has brought a paradigm shift in the education sector. The implementation of AI has proved helpful in the evaluation of examinations, tracking of attendance, security, machine learning, performance evaluation, etc. Various students who have learning disabilities can cope with their academics because of artificial intelligence. 

Virtual Reality:

One of the cost-effective tools which was earlier introduced solely for gaming purposes has now made its entry into the education sector. Compared to traditional learning, virtual reality gives a glance into near real-life experience of a particular subject. For eg: students get bored of learning about marine biology through books but when the contents of the books are brought to life through VR, learning becomes interesting and the students can grasp the subject effortlessly. 


This tool has been making the news since last year. A lot of technology providers have come up with a simple yet effective chatbot development where one can configure the machine to chat with humans in a live chat environment. 

Higher Education is adapting to the changing technology and if implemented correctly many institutions can present themselves as a reputable brand in the field of higher education. 

To make education interesting, higher education institutions must keep up with the emerging trends and adapt accordingly. This will not help them enhance their brand image but also improve the quality of education which will help the students to grasp, recall and retain knowledge for a longer period. 

The implementation of new technologies and trends in the higher education system must be meticulously done. These trends will bring a positive shift in the present higher education system and help prepare the students for a bright future to uplift society.