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International Research Reveals Expectations And Fears Surrounding Technology In Education

Doha, Qatar, Dec 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – New research published today by Economic influenceCommissioned by the Qatar Foundation, has shown that most education leaders are making personalized learning a priority for their schools – and that COVID-19 has accelerated adoption. However, to ensure that personalized learning can achieve its full potential, work must continue to develop new forms of performance metrics, improve collaboration between classrooms and ed-tech companies, and secure student and parent consent

The report and international survey of hundreds of educators and EdTech executives at the 2021 WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar, examines how Covid-19 has affected attitudes towards personalized learning in the UK and US. The report examines how technology can support personalized education, what its adoption could mean for teachers, and whether it can lead to better learning outcomes for students.

The results also show that while educators believe that an increase in ed tech is inevitable, funding could affect the quality and effectiveness of the solutions schools and universities can use while concerns about student privacy, the Data usage and ethical considerations exist.

“The lockdowns experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented reliance on educational technology,” said Abeer Al-Khalifa, President of the Pre-University Education of the Qatar Foundation, which oversees 13 mainstream and technical schools.

“This new study, commissioned by the Qatar Foundation, confirms the almost universal expectation – that the use of technology in education systems will increase – but that funding concerns remain. It also shows the need to ensure that technology is centered on teaching and learning ‘, rather than the other way around, in order to avoid introducing tools that are inexpensive but do not bring us closer to the ultimate goal: improving the student’s learning experience.

“We hope this report is just the beginning of a discussion of how we can ensure that what will ultimately be the most widely adopted EdTech tools are geared towards making learning more personalized, rather than trying to use software to increase productivity. “

The report finds that 92% of respondents prioritize providing personalized learning experiences in their schools.

The majority of respondentsTWe also believe that personalized learning benefits underperforming students more than their gifted classmates and students with disabilities more than students without students.

However, students and parents are less supportive of personalized learning than teachers and school administrators, and a quarter of respondents indicated that student rejection was a major barrier to the adoption of EdTech-enabled personalized learning. Meanwhile, 98% believe that the sudden move to distance learning during the pandemic put too much emphasis on the technology aspect of personalized education, learning can reduce student-teacher interaction and stunt social development.

The full report can be downloaded free of charge from https://www.qf.org.qa/the-economist-intelligence-unit-report/pre-university-education

The Qatar Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1995 that promotes the sustainable development of Qatar through programs and initiatives in education, research and innovation, and community development.

SOURCE Qatar Foundation