Innovative pedagogy and the AI-driven metaverse
It is already a well-known fact that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to learning. Given all the existing possibilities enabled by the booming EdTech sector, why is the level of personalization still limited and in many cases pre-defined by a series of courses or by fixed learning paths?
Everyone learns differently
Brain scientists argue that each individual has different levels of neuroplasticity, leading to myriad learning behaviors and preferred learning styles. In our fast-paced world, learning must be more and more efficient, enabling faster adoption of new knowledge. This is especially important if we take into account the results of various studies that all conclude that one job may not be enough to remain attractive in the future labor market. So how can we create top-notch, tailored learning experiences that combine the right pedagogical approach with making the most of new EdTech tools?
How can the appropriate pedagogical approach stimulate learning personalization?
By following the mix and match approach, allow your students to customize their learning experience, allowing them to:
1. Choose a topic of interest
Instead of offering a fixed package of courses, let the learner be the professor in creating their own curriculum. Of course, suggestions on what courses might be suitable to achieve the desired goal (like becoming a Python coder) would be greatly appreciated and are often needed.
2. Choose the proportion between theory and practice
Don’t present courses as static elements that cannot be changed. Allow students to choose the proportion of theory and practice they want. Given the trend toward microlearning, developing your training material as short nuggets should give students the flexibility to mix their preferred amount of theory with practical exercises.
3. Choose the percentage of interactivity and exercises
Some people prefer to discuss and practice newly adopted knowledge with other peers, thus giving them the freedom to incorporate more social interaction and group work into their learning. On the contrary, there are also people who learn better on their own and should not be forced to participate in discussion forums or group assignments.
4. Select an instructor from an existing pool of experts
If there are many instructors delivering the same course, let the student choose the one they identify with the most based on their experience, teaching methods, etc. Several studies show that if the student connects with the teacher, engagement and learning engagement increases.
To sum it up, it gives your students the freedom to create their own courses with an instructor of their choice, allowing them to create their learning journey as they see fit. A positive element of this approach is putting your students at the center of their learning experience without having to make a huge investment in new technology.
How can new technology improve the personalization of future learning?
Perhaps many of us have not yet had a chance to incorporate Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) or the metaverse into our learning practices, but it is worthwhile to know their potential and keep an eye on their development.
1. AI Virtual Coach
An AI-powered virtual coach could be a nice unobtrusive start to introducing AI into your learning platform. AI bots have several useful features to increase personalization such as:
- Recommend relevant content
They can suggest additional content to students based on their training history.
- Analyze student behavior
They can keep track of student preferences by evaluating student metrics and patterns.
- Availability 24/7
They are always able to answer students’ questions, but they may not always have the right answer…
- What is the metaverse?
The Metaverse is a virtual 3D extension network of the Internet as we know it. It offers its users enormous opportunities in terms of real-time interactions in virtual worlds, allowing them to create an online environment of their choice. Future metaverses are expected to fully adopt and embrace VR and AI and create a true virtual world. Many experts argue that such augmented virtual learning experiences are likely to outperform traditional tell-and-test classroom learning methods by introducing highly immersive learning experiences, leading to more engagement, adaptation and greater effectiveness of learning.
- The potential of the metaverse for learning
Compared to a simple online course, students in the metaverse will be able to interact directly in virtual classrooms and workshops with lifelike characters, instead of talking to each other through a screen.
- Multilingual learning content
Another highly regarded benefit of AI in a metaverse learning space is the ability to localize and deliver real-time translated training content to any language of the learner’s choice. This fact allows for greater personalization and breaks down language barriers. Combined with a virtual AI coach that monitors student activities, we can expect to see extensive advances in the personalized approach to learning that addresses each student’s individual needs.
Extraordinary personalization awaits
It seems quite inevitable – we must keep an eye on the metaverse and its development potential in learning. Some education providers have already formed important partnerships with leading metaverse players (such as EdX, Coursera partnership with Meta – the recently renamed Facebook), and the first virtual learning platforms are being developed in immersive metaverse environments.