- Nextech recently launched EdTechX, a higher education solution built on Microsoft Azure and available on its LiveX platform
- EdTechX, which several higher education institutions have already implemented in their daily operating businesses, offers enterprise-scale video streaming, integrated assessments, AR holograms, and data analytics
- It makes learning and teaching interactive and engaging, thereby solving many issues that used to be associated with remote teaching in yesteryears
Nextech AR Solutions (CSE: NTAR) (OTCQB: NEXCF) recently launched EdTechX, a global higher education solution built on Microsoft Azure and available on its LiveX Digital Experience Platform (“DXP”). EdTechX, which has already been successfully implemented by higher education institutions such as Black Student Fund, Ryerson University, and Carnegie Mellon University, enables these and other education institutions to move with the times by transforming traditional learning and event formats into valuable digital experiences (https://ibn.fm/C5OOU).
The education platform combines enterprise-scale video streaming, integrated assessments, AR holograms, and data analytics. Further, as it is built on Microsoft’s cloud-computing service, Azure, EdTechX is highly scalable, reliable, and secure – these characteristics have endeared Azure to users worldwide, making it a trusted platform used by governments, education institutions, and private companies.
Nextech’s higher education solution offers the following features: virtual learning labs, convocations, career fairs, and poster sessions, which are designed to increase engagement through digitization as well as create an interactive learning experience without the need to physically attend class or lab sessions.
A video demo available on Nextech’s website showcasing the augmented learning experience available to Ryerson University’s students (https://ibn.fm/S9cwP) demonstrates how AR holograms bring the laboratory into student’s homes by enabling them to virtually mix reagents in virtual Petri dishes and even use virtual disposable pipets. Nextech describes this learning experience as: “The classroom experience without the classroom.”
EdTechX’s interactivity and engagement-inducing capabilities eliminate many of the issues associated with virtual learning. A 2019 article observed that while instructors were increasingly seizing opportunities to teach from locations other than the classroom if their institutions allowed them to, they greatly struggled to reproduce the sort of engagement with their students that the class environment accorded them. At the same time, some instructors expressed their reservations about the effectiveness of virtual learning (https://ibn.fm/LzNsW).
The pandemic, however, forced the migration to remote teaching, meaning even those who previously had doubts would have to embrace the new pedagogical format. In a March 2020 Harvard Business Review (“HBR”) article (https://ibn.fm/YYaho), authors Vijay Govindarajan and Anup Srivastava wondered if remote teaching will prove to be a success and, if it does, how the world will know.
While exploring the virtual learning topic from the perspective of the improvements required in IT infrastructure to make it more suitable for online education, Vijay and Anup discussed cloud, artificial intelligence (“AI”), and mobile as vital digital technologies that will ensure scalability. They also highlighted the shortcomings of software for conference calls, which cannot provide a personalized experience nor handle large class sizes.
Notably, EdTechX solves the problems highlighted in the foregoing articles, incorporates a few discussion points (such as cloud computing), and even offers additional benefits and capabilities. It indeed transforms teaching and learning, as Nancy Teodoro, Education Partner Lead at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Canada, noted: “Nextech AR Solutions is helping education institutions digitally transform the way educators teach and the way students learn, by enabling remote experiential learning through EdTechX. Studies have shown that these types of immersive technologies improve student engagement and student outcomes.”
With several education institutions having already implemented EdTechX in their daily operating businesses, it is only a matter of time before others get on board. Ultimately, coupled with the features available on the platform, this may well eliminate the uncertainties Vijay, Anup, and some instructors had regarding the success of remote teaching and learning.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.NextechAR.com.
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