The Association of Chartered Chartered Accountants has published a report explore the post-pandemic role of educational technology, or edtech, identify tips and trends for users.
Jointly developed with online course provider edX, the report highlights how edtech enables studying anytime, anywhere, and how flexibility has become the most valuable attribute of distance learning. . Report author Narayanan Vaidyanathan said this is best expressed in the popularity of blended learning across all age groups, which allows for a mix of physical and online education. The mechanisms by which learners consume knowledge vary widely from country to country, and ACCA has endeavored to adapt to their needs.
“We want to foster access to good quality education around the world, and we see edtech as an important enabler for sharing content with people who might not otherwise be able to access experts, content or modules. “, said Vaidyanathan. “Promoting immersive solutions relevant to accounting learners is essential to developing soft skills and being ready for the job, but having employable accountants is not our only goal. ACCA also wants to spread this message to as many people as possible. large number of learners possible, and edX felt best suited for this purpose.”
Through a global survey of more than 1,400 accounting learners and instructors, researchers have provided three edtech tips to support a student’s career journey: use the potential of edtech to adapt to their life, consider the blended learning option and not dismissing edtech as an option. due to the life stage of the student or the size of the company. The most popular learning devices were portable devices, such as laptops at 88%, mobiles at 72%, and tablets cited at 44%, meaning content developers and support providers will need to ensure that the quality of their visual delivery and educational content remains the same across all platforms.
“These discoveries ring [in] with ACCA’s own experiences as we seek to continue to foster equitable access globally,” said Alan Hatfield, ACCA’s Executive Director of Content, Quality and Innovation, in a statement. “Some of our established efforts, such as ACCA-X, offering free ACCA courses online through our partnership with edX, have already shown us the power of technology. We are also seeing a growing number of our Approved Learning Partners using AI and algorithms to better support students and their learning outcomes. We remain excited about the possibilities for the future in this rapidly evolving space.”
The report also identified six edtech trends for educators, including small videos, embedded learning, AI-based learning and assessment, micro-certificates, gamification, simulation, and augmented realities. or virtual, such as the metaverse.
While great educational partners and providers have managed to put resources into a learning platform, others have found alternatives such as short accounting lessons, open-source textbooks, and more. whether they use e-books or digital content.
“Micro-titles, including boot camps, short courses, and other online and blended learning formats for credit, are increasingly recognized by employers as a way to demonstrate employee qualifications,” said Lee Rubenstein, vice president of partnerships at 2U, in a statement. “We are excited to work with ACCA to help leading companies around the world embrace e-learning as a credible and widely accepted modality to help employees learn new skills, pursue career advancement and contribute business agility.”
However, the study also identified barriers to the widespread dissemination of edtech in the future, such as the digital divide, which refers to the gap in access to reliable internet connection, power and environments conducive to learning. According to the Pew Charitable Trust, 21 million Americans lacked adequate internet access in 2019, and 27% resided in rural areas. The report concludes with policy recommendations from beginners and educators to governments seeking to improve engagement in edtech.