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Exploring the Future of Learning: How Digital Twins are Revolutionizing Education

Shivashish Published on : 04 September 2023

Education has been revolutionized today thanks to its growing accessibility among all. This outreach has been made possible through technology. Affordable internet devices and high-speed internet have all contributed to this exponential progress in digital education and today, we are standing on the verge of another leap in the field of education. The next phase of digital education, or the Digital Twins promises a classroom experience like never before.

The existing models of digital education have catered to the needs quite well in various industries and sections of society. Today, you can attend Harvard’s CS50 course online free of charge and start your coding journey. Working professionals can opt for an online MBA and continue their education as well as their jobs. Students living in remote areas now do not need to travel far as the best teachers are giving classes online. The list can be endless and enough to conclude that digital education is the future of education and Digital Twins are the next great thing that can happen with it.

Understanding Digital Twins

So what are Digital Twins in education? Imagine you are learning how to use the lathe machine. Video can only take you so far as the recorder wishes to. The angles will be restricted and you will be dependent on whatever feed that is being streamed. Digital Twins is an augmented reality or virtual reality-based learning experience that gives the learner much better access to content via running simulations of whatever is being taught.

Digital twins can find applications across multiple sectors of education and internet-based learning. From cooking classes to the mechanical engineering lecture, Digital Twins thanks to AR/VR can give you the experience of being physically present and thus have an improved outlook towards the session. 

Digital twins aim at redefining even the online learning process and converting the existing view and learn content to involve and learn possibility. This futuristic method involves simulation to visualization to synchronization. 

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Simulating hardware and simulating processes both constitute better learning experiences and many universities today are deploying digital twins to improve their teaching methods and provide a more interactive way of learning to their remote students. 

Benefits of Digital Twins & Its Potential

Digital Twins forecasts huge growth potential with multiple industries using its various applications and the numbers are going to rise in the future. They are beneficial for the following reasons.

Easy to Access

Digital Twins enable access to complex expensive hardware in its virtual form to students anywhere in the world. This makes learning easy and more available for a larger section of learners via the Internet. 

High Engagement

A teacher teaching you how to solder a circuit board vs. you doing it yourself virtually are two different experiences with the latter improving engagement.

Cost-Effective

Needless to say, online education is much more cost-effective than traditional methods of education. Digital Twins also in a similar way is going to save a lot of money in terms of hardware costs thus, there is no need to get individual testing materials.

Study At Own Pace

With Digital Twins, learners can study at their own pace. A VR version of their lab and teacher will be available for them 24/7 thus making learning easy. This will be of major help to working professionals and part-time students. 

Safe Learning

Often, a lot of lab accidents occur due to mistakes and negligence. However, with Digital Twins, students can practice a test multiple times virtually before they hit the same experiment in an actual lab. This makes learning safer than before. 

Possible Places of Deployment 

 

Manufacturing and Industry

Digital twins can be extensively used in manufacturing and industrial sectors for process optimization, predictive maintenance, and quality control. They create virtual replicas of physical equipment and systems, enabling real-time monitoring, simulation, and analysis to optimize production.

Healthcare

Digital twins can recreate patient-specific conditions in the healthcare industry, allowing for individualized treatment planning and drug research. Additionally, they can support research into medical therapies, illness models, and treatment outcomes.

Digital Shops

Digital twins are used to create virtual shopping environments, enabling retailers to offer personalized shopping experiences. Customers can virtually try on clothes or visualize products before making a purchase. 

Gaming & Entertainment

In the entertainment industry, digital twins create lifelike characters, environments, and experiences in video games, virtual reality, and augmented reality applications.

Applications of Digital Twins in Education

 

Virtual Classrooms

Digital twins can create virtual replicas of classrooms where teachers and students can interact with each other in real-time, ceasing all geographical boundaries and providing an immersive learning process. An environment that can foster creative learning, these virtual classrooms can facilitate live lectures, discussions, and collaborative projects.

Virtual Labs & Simulations

A lot of lab work can be replaced by Digital Twins where instruments and their results are simulated and accessed remotely. This will save a lot of hardware costs and at the same time enable students to perform experiments at their own pace. These labs provide an opportunity for students to explore complex concepts, conduct experiments, and analyze results without the limitations of physical resources. 

Right Assessment & Evaluation

Digital twins give teachers immediate information about the development and performance of their students. By closely watching students, teachers can spot areas where they succeed and target subjects that need more time. This data-driven strategy makes it possible for prompt interventions and focused support to aid students in achieving.

Creative Learning/Gamification

Digital twins offer a visual and interactive way to explore complex ideas. By creating games and puzzles based on concepts and using AR/VR to make them immersive, educators can help students understand abstract concepts more intuitively. 

Personalized Learning Experiences

With the use of digital twins, teachers may design individualized lessons that take into account the demands and learning tempos of each individual student. Teachers can create unique lesson plans, activities, and assessments by studying student data and behavior.

Potential Challenges

Learning digitally has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Now let’s talk about a few disadvantages or limitations of digital twins in learning.

  1. Simulations are good but cannot replace real experience. For example, a driver’s test done virtually and done using a real car on a real road will give an entirely different result as the risk is eliminated and you cannot properly determine if the person can drive in the real world. Thus Digital Twins cannot be successful everywhere.
  2. In order to make a system go virtual, a lot of data has to go on the internet. This can be a major privacy concern and hence, deploying it in sensitive areas such as military learning will be a challenge. 
  3. AR/VR will require special devices and improved processing power. Thus increasing the initial cost and making learning expensive.
  4. Knowledge will become more internet-dependent than it is now. Today, even with so much internet, educational institutions still function on books but this may not be the reality of the future. 

 

Muvi eLearning: Your Partner for Education

Learning is going digital and if you wish to set up a platform where you can market your school, coaching class, or any other form of digitally imparted education, Muvi One’s eLearning module can be a game changer for you.

With eLearning, get yourself the future of digital learning technology comprising of:

  1. A CMS that gives you the flexibility to set up courses, lectures, and study materials inside courses and deploy them to your website. 
  2. An option to integrate Partner Portal, a content partner’s management tool that lets you aggregate teachers and let them teach them on your platform seamlessly.
  3. Monetize your classes the way you want. Get an ad server and earn via AVOD or simply charge your students subscriptions and start your multiple revenue streams.
  4. AR/VR support to deploy virtual learning experience by combining our AR/VR tech with your architecture.
  5. Automated grading and certification capabilities reducing teacher workload and faster results. 
  6. A customized analytical dashboard that monitors class performance and engagement giving you the right insights to manage your portal.

The list of features is endless and we would love to see you try our eLearning module from Muvi One. Sign up now and get a free 14-day trial today.

 

FAQs

What is a digital twin in the context of education?

A digital twin is a virtual version of a real-world learning environment or concept that is used in education to improve learning outcomes through simulations, individualized learning experiences, and interactive engagement with educational information.

How do digital twins impact teacher roles?

Digital twins can reduce the administrative burden on teachers by automating routine tasks, allowing them to focus more on personalized instruction and mentoring.

Do students need special equipment to access digital twins?

Access to digital twins typically requires basic technology equipment like computers, tablets, or smartphones with internet connectivity. Some digital twins might require powerful hardware depending on the nature of twin.

 

Written by: Shivashish

Shivashish works as a content writer at Muvi. He has worked in domains like e-commerce, employee engagement, sports and entertainment. A poet by heart, Shivashish believes in creating quality content that is rich in information and easy to understand.

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