How the training sector is re-emerging because of digital

The health crisis has moved students as teachers to online courses. From primary school to higher education through training, everyone had to master video conferencing software and online platforms. At a time when the pandemic seems to be fading, digital solutions, such as innovative tools, are becoming entrenched in education.

Turn crisis challenges into opportunities

If the digitalisation of the education sector had already taken place before COVID-19, the current health crisis has accelerated this process. Physical and social distancing, isolation … Over the last two years, digital transformation has become necessary. The courses needed to be re-evaluated in a short time in order to limit the impact of the health crisis on learning. A large number of schools, universities and educational institutes then switched to digital. Video communications software such as Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams or Blackboard have integrated the daily lives of teachers, speakers and students. Everyone is used to sharing documents from disk or digital platforms like Dropbox.

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The health crisis in spring 2020 and the closure of secondary schools have forced us to rethink and renew our pedagogy. Indeed, fourteen days before our Easter courses, the Parisian schools we work with, such as Fénelon Sainte-Marie or Stanislas, could not welcome us.

So we had to think of an alternative that was both effective and qualitative: there was no question of leaving our students. That’s why we inaugurated our first online courses, which we could learn from so that we could improve.

In this sense, we have set aside the touchpad courses to design real-world online sessions in our studios consisting of 14 classrooms fully equipped with 4K technology.

At the same time, we have developed our Prepa Medicine offered completely online: Today, our online courses are no longer just an alternative to overcoming the presence, it is a real training offer that can be addressed to everyone! » Edouard Morice, director of the Thalès course and associate professor of physics

Organization, adaptation, a new way of communication … This period was not always easy for teachers and students. Nevertheless, it appeared to be an opportunity to rethink educational methods with an emphasis on accessibility. To this end, many facilities and individuals who want to train in a particular discipline have opted for online sites or platforms. The goal of these companies, which specialize in educational technologies (EdTech), is to change the traditional perception of teaching and learning. There are some for language learning (Babbel, Duolingo, Lingumi), finding a private tutor (MyTutor, SuperProf, GoStudent, etc.) or for fun training (360Learning). In France, the number of EdTech companies is estimated at around 400 to 500.

These new learning habits are becoming permanent. Today, the hybrid mode has been adopted by many operations. In terms of training, they are almost systematically offered online and in person. Prior to the health crisis, the EdTech market potential for 2025 was about $ 325 billion. Estimates now range from 400 to 500 billion, of which 50 to 90 billion are due to this exceptional crisis.

Rely on new technologies

In order for the digital transformation to continue, some players in the education sector are adopting advanced innovative technologies such as virtual reality (VR). For example, it allows you to visualize areas of the world or objects from the classroom or home. This solution responds to current challenges: it offers more interactions during learning. According to the consulting firm IDC, the growth rate of the virtual reality market in the years 2019 to 2023 in the field of education would reach 200%.

At the same time, augmented reality (AR) is advancing in the world of education. Applications that use this technology make it possible to visualize abstract concepts, tell stories in a more playful way, and better understand details, especially in science or engineering.

Finally, cloud solutions are gaining ground. They offer students and trainers the opportunity to connect from virtually anywhere. They can use this type of application when they are face to face, at home or in another country. During the pandemic, many teachers opted for cloud platforms to upload their videos, tasks, projects and other content.

The health crisis has highlighted the importance of new technologies in a sector that still has certain gaps. They are gradually anchored in the educational sphere by shaking up teaching methods and habits. The aim of each is to facilitate access to certain training courses, to transform learning and to make courses more interactive, both on-site and online.

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