Some educational leaders have an imbedded belief that education, at its core, hasn’t changed much over the last few decades.
Of course, we are all making more use of digital technology, but many people think the “essence' of teaching (transferring knowledge, information and skills) hasn’t dramatically changed.
In a digital age, education is less about students acquiring knowledge. Instead, the classroom of the future focuses on offering an experience that builds the capacity for living and working in a world of artificial intelligence, connected machines and automation. And such an experience can only be “successful' if it spurs curiosity, unleashes creativity, and demands teamwork. The amount of investment being put into EdTech is a good indicator on how serious learning institutions are about using technology to disrupt the way we learn.
Research from Metaari, entitled ‘The 2018 Global Learning Technology Investment Patterns: The Rise of the EdTech Unicorns’, put the global EdTech investment in 2018 at $16.34bn, up from $10bn in 2017. There were 1,087 EdTech companies across the world in 2018 who obtained funding, up from 813 in 2017. This demonstrates the attractiveness of next-generation learning technologies.
The Education Disruptors Congress aims to significantly contribute to the advancement of EdTech in the Arab World by providing a unique platform that will connect promising EdTech companies with local corporate, government, and academic institutions looking to purchase the latest EdTech solutions. Our format promises the unique experience of pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings between our sponsors and their buyers - the first event of its kind in the MENA region.
Learning management systems, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality Systems, and Simulations are all new additions to the corporate training process. The new emphasis of technology on the latest training programs breeds a remarkable collection of benefits for corporations. Docebo’s learning program Docebo 7.5, for example, uses AI to automatically “identify skill gaps [in its employees] and trigger automated learning enrollment accordingly,” creating an almost fully-automated platform for employee training. Additionally, Provr’s VR systems are paving the new way to “experience without experiencing,” providing cost-effective simulations to the medical and aviation industries that are necessary for optimization in their professions.While the adoption of these new technologies has been on a steady rise since the beginning of the 21st century, they remain lodged somewhere between the present and the future. Agora’s event will usher this position a little more towards the present by providing a sales-bed for EdTech companies and potential customers.