Bringing learning to life with educational technology

Education is explicably linked to global economic and societal development. While the classroom was once a place reserved for those in the right place at the right time, this is now changing – and rapidly.

Innovations in educational technology will mean that we will soon be able to learn, for example, how to cook traditional Italian cuisine in Rome while being physically based in Miami, or train our muscles and minds to play football in the same way as a world-class player.

This is data analytics in action, and it's broadening our horizons beyond geographical limitations. It enables us to standardize and store expertise, sharing it seamlessly across a connected world that can be accessed by everyone.

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Connecting human and artificial intelligence

It is this premise that inspired us to test the transference of human skills remotely, as part of our research into 5G development.

In collaboration with King's College London, we have been examining remote objects and human interactions using a combination of haptics, tactile and augmented reality. 5G will enable us to do this with its extraordinarily high reliability and very low delay, powering the collection, availability and processing of data analytics to facilitate countless use cases with educational technology that are still being imagined.

Mischa Dohler, Musician and Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, demonstrates the principal via piano teaching: using an exoskeleton on people's hands, piano teachers will be able to train learners' muscle memory to play the piano in the optimum way. Through the exchange of touch, sight and hearing in what is termed by many as the Internet of Skills, teachers can monitor performance in almost real time.

Focus on: advancing education

Traditional education systems are very linear and standardized, based on the idea that learners take in the information and try to remember it. It's then via practice and experience that the information is more likely to be retained in the long term.

The introduction of 5G is taking education down a non-linear path. This means that we'll learn more by doing in a virtual world enabled by educational technology, rather than via a text book or set module. By establishing a highly reliable and adaptable system through virtualization and software capabilities that enable high speed and low latency, 5G can allow tactile, visual and sound data to be shared in a way that combines immersive technology and physical existence. The inclusion of network slicing can also guarantee specific resources to support the differing demands of each service or application, giving confidence to the user.

For instance, with the power of 5G, an expert mechanic can use tactile gloves when demonstrating how to replace a car engine; at the same time, the students can follow the expert via separate AR/VR goggles as if they are there in the same room.

Such use cases, as well as those we have been working on with King's College London and partners, highlight the need for extremely low latency brought about by 5G. This allows us to make connections between what we already know and what we now know, processing knowledge as we need it – and in a way that suits our individual needs and learning pace. Our brains are designed to work and learn this way; it is not an objective 'one size fits all', but a relevant experience that is unique for each learner.

Here Peter Marshall, Principal 5G Lead with King's College London at Ericsson, explains 5G's potential in bringing learning to life.

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