Technology has brought deep changes in many industries and with the advent of modern media and a well-connected society, the education industry enables knowledge transfer from any part of the world. Unparalleled quality content and methods of delivery are available and various private and public colleges and institutes have welcomed the changes with open arms and established newer disciplines to bring out excellence in education.
Today, we know that the evolution of digital education is nothing short of a revolution. From chalk-and-talk lessons and assisted learning methods to advanced educational tools, digital education continues to be the new wave of learning. A recent report stated that over 5.8 million students enrolled for online courses in 2016, which is a 263% increase over the last 12 years. The proliferation of digital tools, including apps, tablets and laptops, has transformed learners’ communication, engagement, opportunity for collaboration and feedback, as also delivery procedures. This is owing to the fact that the online space is not just one of the most cost-effective ways to educate, but is also an appropriate platform to present a world-class learning experience to the ever-expanding workforce.
Many schools and colleges cope with tight budgets and limited funds since the delivery of quality education comes with a price. Instead of compromising with learning standards, a better way to manage/realign college affordability issues is by using technology for cost-cutting. One persistent challenge for educational policymakers and planners related to the potential use of informational and communication technologies (ICTs) in remote, low income communities around the world is that most products, services, usage models, expertise, and research related to ICT use in education come from high-income contexts and environments.
Technology has become a key to success for different sectors. Importance of education is not hidden anywhere as it is the necessity in today’s world. There are various campaigns that have been initiated in the name of education. The government is also taking radical steps to come up with policies that will help boost the online education market. Faster implementation, improved quality of digital infrastructure and inexpensive broadband services across the country will help facilitate the use of innovative educational tools.
Let’s put some light on these factors that how education is have more affordable and available for people.
Due to technology, education has become accessible in various villages, towns and cities. There are various modes such as internet that helps in improving the academic outcomes. Numerous websites are associated with schools, colleges and institutions that are somewhere helping students who are getting educated online.
Getting enrolled with premium schools and colleges are sometimes not affordable for each and everyone. Internet access and online presence of education is available for different people at affordable prices. Companies provide online education certificates to students for attending virtual lectures from experienced professionals. The requirement of classrooms and space which incur high costs is kept to the most minimum.
As people are getting more opportunities through online business, education plays a vital role in building their career. Access through mobiles, laptops make very convenient for all of us to reach education and to get enrolled with different types of courses that are not easily available in the market.
Even online world has enough and more opportunities for adults as re-skilling opportunities are enough. Teaching tech skills, learning new skills and improving job skills are some courses that make people more efficient. By developing education courses, companies are ensuring that every student is deserve education for improvement in nation’s growth.
Automation – Technology can be used to automate administrative/ process related role. Humans need this to add value to the learning process. Though there are various places that technology cannot replace. Some of these are the human touch, warmth, and empathy.
Better Content Delivery – The traditional way of content delivery and learning, i.e. through paper and printing can be done away with. Cloud services can help in storage, better communication, and enhanced productivity. The printing charges for textbooks incurred can be saved with the use of cloud storage. Delivery of content digitally means no need to re-print the content to update it. This means content made once can be used and upgraded without any hassle and added cost.
Restructuring the classroom- Ed-tech is changing the way teachers teach and students learn. In place of the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom, we have witnessed the rise of “flipped classrooms” leveraging blended online and offline instructions, where students watch video lectures at home and do their “homework” in class.
Skills training- Ed-tech solutions also provide education to adults who want to improve their job skills, learn new skills or receive higher education at a lower cost. For instance, many online portals offer affordable higher education options. Companies provide massive open online courses that focus on teaching tech skills needed by the top employers in the Silicon Valley.
The whole revolution of online education was devised to create resources just once and be used multiple times for the generations to come, thus saving resources and efforts while still being personalized. Most of the impediments to learning can be cleared off with the use of technology. Digital innovations in a classroom not only perfect the process but also help in the judicious use of resources. This can help equip a larger numbers of school students with the job-related know-how and skills.
About the Author
Shrutidhar Paliwal is a Senior Corporate Branding & Communications professional expert. He is having vast 20 years of experience. His specialized areas are Developing Communication strategies (both internal & external) in large organizations. He is responsible for creating a strategic vision and thought leadership for the brand, management & development of all communication plans globally. Moreover, he is helping the marketing & retail sales teams on implementing strategies to reach out to students/parents & prospective business partners.