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How the training sector is reinventing itself because of digital

The health crisis has shifted learners as teachers to the online course experience. From elementary school to higher education to vocational training, everyone has had to master video conferencing software and online platforms. At a time when the pandemic seems to be waning, digital solutions such as innovative tools are finding their way into education.

Turning the challenges of the crisis into opportunities

If the digitization of the education sector was already underway before Covid-19, the current health crisis has accelerated the process. Physical and social distancing, isolation… In the last two years, digital transformation has become essential. It was necessary to rethink the courses in a short time to limit the impact of the health crisis on learning. A large number of schools, universities and training institutes then turned to the digital. Video communication software like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams or Blackboard have integrated the everyday life of teachers, speakers and learners. Everyone is used to sharing documents from a drive or digital platforms like Dropbox.

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The health crisis in spring 2020 and the closure of high schools forced us to rethink and renew our pedagogy. In fact, fifteen days before our Easter courses, the Parisian schools we work with, such as Fénelon Sainte-Marie or Stanislas, could not receive us.

So we had to think of an alternative that is both effective and qualitative: abandoning our students was out of the question. We therefore inaugurated our first online courses from which we could learn to improve.

With this in mind, we left the courses on touchpad aside for a proposal of online sessions on a real blackboard in our studios, made up of 14 classrooms fully equipped with 4K devices.

At the same time, we have developed our fully online prepa medicine: So today our online courses are no longer just an alternative to overcoming face-to-face classes, but a real continuing education offer that can be addressed to everyone! » Edouard Morice, Thalès Course Director and Associate Professor of Physics

Organization, adaptation, new method of communication… This period has not always been easy for teachers and students. Nonetheless, it seemed an opportunity to rethink educational methods by emphasizing accessibility. Many institutions and individuals wishing to train in a discipline have chosen online sites or platforms to do so. These educational technology (EdTech) companies aim to disrupt traditional perceptions of teaching and learning. There are some to learn a language (Babbel, Duolingo, Lingumi), to find a private tutor (MyTutor, SuperProf, GoStudent etc.) or to train in a playful way (360Learning). In France, the number of EdTech companies is estimated at around 400 to 500.

These new learning habits become permanent. Today, many farms have adopted hybrid mode. On the training side, they are offered almost systematically online and face-to-face. Before the health crisis, the potential of the EdTech market in 2025 was around $325 billion. Estimates today are between 400 and 500 billion, of which 50 to 90 billion are attributed to the opportunity of this extraordinary crisis.

Rely on new technologies

To continue the digital transformation, some players in the education sector are adopting advanced innovative technologies such as virtual reality (VR). For example, regions of the world or objects from the classroom or at home can be visualized. This solution responds to current challenges: to offer more interactions during learning. According to the consulting firm IDC, the growth rate of the virtual reality market would reach 200% between 2019 and 2023 in the field of training.

At the same time, Augmented Reality (AR) is also making headway in the educational world. Applications using this technology make it possible to visualize abstract concepts, tell stories in a more playful way and understand details better, especially in science or engineering.

Finally, cloud solutions are also on the rise. They offer learners and trainers the ability to connect from virtually anywhere. They can use this type of application when they are in person, at home or in another country. During the pandemic, many teachers have turned to cloud platforms to upload their videos, assignments, projects and other content.

The health crisis has highlighted the importance of new technologies in a sector that still had some gaps. They are gradually becoming entrenched in education, turning classroom practices and habits upside down. Each of them aims to improve access to specific training courses, transform learning and make courses more interactive, both face-to-face and online.

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