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Seizing the opportunities of technology

Intelligent software, virtual reality and the power of analytics are already transforming learning within businesses and schools.

But with a myriad of technologies, how do we identify the true game changers from hype and hyperbole?

How can new systems and emerging digital trends improve the experience of the learner, the role of the educator and change the learning environment itself?

As the future becomes the present, we’ll explore how to combine the best of both on and offline learning, how to truly personalise education and how to use automation and data to dramatically improve the role of the teacher.

Hear from our experts on the future of technology for learning.


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Research: Using machines to complement the work of humans

In the workplace, machines will complement, not replace, humans. We need to develop the skills that help us seize the opportunities and overcome the limitations they present us.

Hear Stephen Johnston from Fordcastle Research as he explores how today’s changing workforce will use technology to complement and extend human capability.

Stephen explores three areas that will require digital improvement:

  • Digital literacy - ensuring people of all ages interact successfully with technology
  • Hybrid learning - improving learning effectiveness and efficiency
  • Augmentation - learning to effectively combine humans and machines.
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Podcast: What role does artificial intelligence and technology play in learning?

In episode three of our ‘Tomorrow’s Organisations’ podcast series, Alex Beard from Teach for All and Tirath Virdee, our Director of Artificial Intelligence, discuss how human learning differs from machine learning and what we can gain from both.

Listen to Alex and Tirath discuss how continual learning and training should be reflected in the business world, the implications of technology revolutions, both in education and in the workplace, and  what it means to be human in this technological age.

Presenters: Alex Beard, Author of Natural Born Learners | Tirath Virdee, Director of Artificial Intelligence at Capita 

Duration: 16 mins

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Prediction: Artificial intelligence in education

AI in education is changing how we learn and teach with far reaching implications.

Tirath Virdee, Director of Artificial Intelligence at Capita, gives his predictions on how technology could change learning over the next 10 years:

  • Changes to the student lifecycle
  • More distance learning
  • Grading and assessment automation
  • Changes to the role of the teacher
  • Predictive analytics on student’s attainment.
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Latest reports

Technology and the future of the learning institution


As we enter a fourth industrial revolution, schools still fundamentally operate in the same way they did 100 years ago. Although universities have introduced various forms of technology, some argue that a lot of this is mere ‘digital window dressing’. And with whole industries on the brink of transformation thanks to automation and AI, many corporations stick to a traditional approach to learning and re-skilling.

Read our report on how technology is positively transforming learning operations – and the barriers preventing technology from reaching its full potential.

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How technology is shaping the learning experience


The classroom of the future is in beta mode. There are now hundreds of technologies being tested around the world. While the most hyped – such as 3D printing and virtual reality – have yet to deliver on their promises, we are on the brink of creating powerful coaching and training systems based on machine learning that could fundamentally shift the learning experience.

Hear from Tarun Wadhwa, visiting Instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, and Capita's Ian Hart, Head of Product Category, as they review some of the most famous successes and failures in education technology.

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Technology and the changing role of the educator


Education, at its heart, a process-driven industry – we teach and test. It’s therefore no surprise that technology is transforming the role of the educator. But whilst a huge amount of progress has been made, challenges and stumbling blocks undoubtedly remain.

Read our report from Abdul Ghafoor, Head of Product at Capita Education Solutions on how the technology isn’t setting out to replace the role of the educator, but to complement and support them.

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