The infrastructure of Education for tomorrow, will be very different than the infrastructure of today 

Ekta Grover
November 10, 2020
7 minutes

Consider this. The Airplanes, supplementing railroads. Cars supplementing the carriage horse. The email supplementing postal service. Cloud Infrastructure supplementing the data centers. E-commerce supplementing the way commerce happens. 

While all of these have been disruptions in and by itself, technology adoption curves allow for a gradual acceptance, thus raising the overall utility. By slowly making a part of the ecosystem better and allowing for true vertical progress. New technology creates new markets, allowing choices for the end consumer, and by the virtue of competitive markets, bring solutions to problems we have retired and lived up with. These also allow planning for more serious disruptions that we do not know may come. 

To see this, we don’t have to look far. Looking at the use of AR/VR to power remote skilling for jobs that demand high precision that get the 10,000 hours , without actually being in hazardous environment. A company called Skillveri is quietly revolutionizing the way blue collar workers are trained and made work ready for jobs that otherwise require a lot of practice Likewise the airplane simulations that is routine of all aircraft and aeronautical training - all this technology is real and useful. Not like copy cat solutions with filters and emoji’s slapped over to “make learning fun” . Sure vanity sells quick in short time. But does it help. 

It is tragic that in such an important field as Education, the customer and the user are two different people, which is why it is very difficult for companies to focus their attention to meet the needs of both. Esp. because the “user” doesn’t even have the maturity to take decisions, let alone tell the difference. 

Hello, Offline!

So, at Shunya, we flipped the problem. Rather than the user, telling us , we let the data about the user tell us how we are doing, powered by Omni-channel algorithms. A true offline meets online blended learning. 

As the world becomes increasingly more dynamic, and connected we will have shorter lead time to impulse functions. There may be extended periods of remote first learning, such as the one we just saw with COVID. This opens up space for more experiential and global learning delivered in a hyper immersive manner through technology. 

In K12 learning, we are only scratching the surface of what is possible to enable better learning experience, not just “6/10 marks” for a new generation of learners. The age marks based labels is over. 

A lot has been said about traditional learning and its interaction with Technology. The traditional argument has been to keep children away from mobiles and laptops, but that’s a very short sighted argument. Whether we like it or not, our children are exposed to all kinds of content much more, and more early than we would like to admit. This means that providing them with the right tools and safe content discovery is even more paramount than before. 

But what infra ? One may ask. 

Consider sports analytics and how it blends the offline world to improve the real world experience. With immersive technologies, it is now possible to do simulations, learn via reinforcement, supplementing parental involvement, much more than has ever been possible. Using a system that blends machine learning , and looks at the interconnected ways in which children learn, from their peers and environment. 

The task is a tall order, which is why we need schools who are the truly pushing the bar to test,  adopt and see for themselves what Technology can do for a very different future of work. It will all happen in our lifetime. The only question is will be will you stand and watch, or participate to actively shape an alternative reality ?

We are not just building a learning management system - we are building a different reality for a new generation of learners. At Scale. 

Come build the future of learning with us!