By El Comercio
(Originally published in the digital magazine World Today News, [without editing place], from an article in El Comercio, on February 10, 2021)
The new normal has implemented globally methods and teaching and learning processes online in schools, colleges and universities.
In the case of higher education, build their methodology through innovation and artificial intelligence.
Beatriz Marcano, Director of the Department of ICT Applied to Education of the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) of Spain, refers to artificial intelligence as the combination of algorithms that programs a person so that processes such as ‘learning analytics’ or learning methods are automatically carried out.
This allows for greater personalization in the education, since the student manages to be more accompanied in this training process together with teachers who are experts in technology.
UNIR has a 100% online educational model. Endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education, it offers degrees such as the University Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence, the University Master’s Degree in Analysis and Visualization of Big Data, the University Master’s Degree in Business Intelligence and the Big Data Program ‘for Business‘.
The classrooms of the future of distance ‘online’ universities, like UNIR, they offer Technological tools innovative and platforms that allow direct connection between teachers and students through a chat, as well as live classes and forums.
The technologies that favor communication, collaboration and understanding between students and teachers, according to Marcano.
“Virtual reality is more interactive and allows the development of new spaces for learning”, According to PhD Iván Rodrigo Mendizábal, specialized in Information and Communication Technologies.
UNIR has introduced, in its virtual classrooms, remote laboratories and simulated devices that are operated through virtual reality. Thus, the students experience the sensation of being gifts in a realistic looking environment.
In the area of health sciences at UNIR, virtual laboratories and simulators allow learning techniques related to the remote control of medical machinery that performs tasks such as ultrasound and patient monitoring.
The subjects Engineering students experiment with physics concepts that are tested with machinery located in a remote laboratory. And the law areas perform simulations of trials where the student, through a ‘role-play’, personifies one of the professional profiles involved in a judicial process.
Marcano affirms that the online modality will prevail even after the pandemic.
The hybrid models They will be another option of education in which the participation of students who are in the classrooms and students with virtual presence is combined, through a platform.
These models of quality in the classrooms of the future will require more flexible structures in which students students and teachers can serve two different environments.