Today we are living in an age, that can be addressed as the golden era of human civilization as the midus touch of technology has refined almost every aspect of our social-economical and personal life. The field of education can be addressed as the quintessential technology-oriented domain, where new tech- revelations are taking place in every second. Technological innovations in learning has begun to replace traditional mode of education.
Bringing Midus Touch Of Technology Into Education
In the last few years, the education process and methodology has improved significantly with the introduction of advanced educational technology. According to CB Insights, Edtech funding has taken a leap to 55% within the time span of 2014-15, that too without showing any indication of slowing down.
Although initially educational experts, teachers and even parents were apprehensive about the use of technology in education, several educators have now come to believe that it is necessary to improve education by utilising latest technological tools.
However, with further technological advancements, more and more colleges and universities have started embracing technology to create a better environment and provide an enhanced learning experience to their students. Though there are couple of challenges, posed by technology, they were outnumbered by the benefits it offered. Now education has reached the next level and the entire system has transformed completely with the help of constantly progressing technology.
Does Technology Make Education Any Better?
Technology has allowed schools and educators to keep pace with the new generation of learners who more technology-inclined than the previous generation. Education and technology are undoubtedly a great combination as it makes learning more engaging, accessible and affordable and expands the reach of education to students who cannot attend classrooms due to various challenges.
If you ask me, I believe that technology certainly improves education by bettering the way we teach and learn. As our society is gradually changing, I think it has become imperative that we revolutionise education to better student accomplishment.
A report from Global Industry Analysts(GIA) has confirmed that, the global market of e-learning has already reached $107 billion in 2015 & driven by further advancements in edtech tools, it is estimated that, in 2016, tech trends in education will set a new standard.
Tech Trends That Will Alter The Face Of Education
With the end of 2015, it is the time to look at the possible education technology trends for the new year. With technology constantly evolving, the technology available to improve education will continue to grow.
Online Corporate Learning – A Growing Momentum
As reckoned by GIA’s $107B, Corporate eLearning will be making new avenues, increasing the market about 13% until 2017. As one of the pivotal reasons of this distinct raise is, the number of companies & organisations, which are gradually adopting & cherishing the importance of enhancing their employees’ knowledge, is increasing. The newly evolved corporate eLearning, providing with a flexible & cost-effective way of knowledge, does allow employees to undergo a 24/7 customized training at any level on any device.
But the question, that can be raised here, is, what has caused corporate eLearning to get a jolt in 2016? Today every company needs a off-the-shelf training content. Whether it be IT training, project management, supervisory skills, or industry compliance programs, organizations need to deliver these programs to employees on a regular basis & here counts the success of online training in corporate sector.
Skill Measurement – Measurs & Tracks Student Learning
Building a steady momentum in learning is not enough. It is quite imperative to observe & assess progress in competency-based learning. When A customization education is provided, it becomes crucial to ensure that modular learning experiences are cohesively blended together & to do so efficient ways to measure and track student learning are so required that smooth interchanges between each learning experience can be guaranteed.
Alternative Learning Styles – Offering Learners More Interactive Experiences
There was a time, when education was restricted to an age old syllebus, tought in a chalk and talk method. But time has changed now. With the graduation of social, economical & professional scenario, the education has evolved too. Today getting educated has emerged into something immensely innovative and prudent, providing with the scope for students to get acquainted with new ideas and face new challenges.
While text-based or video-based tutorials are evolving into new shapes, various distinguished alternative learning styles will start & keep emerging in 2016 & thereafter as well. These learnings methods will not only enhance students’ learning experiences, but they are showing hopes to offer learners more interactive experiences like writing code directly in the browser, or completing online challenges as part of the learning process.
Online Competency-Based Training – A Revolutionary Approach Towards Education
While both competency based training & online learning are crucial in their respective arena, the juxtaposition of these two is espected to open new avenues in education. If we follow Michelle R. Weise and Clayton M. Christensen, we would come to comprehend that online competency-based training possesses “great disruptive potential” as it integrates right learning models, as well as right technologies, customers, and business models are also included to consider.
Weise and Christensen further explain that online competency-based training providers, “can cost-effectively combine modules of learning into pathways that are agile and adaptable to the changing labor market.”
It is true that, there are some opinions still exist today that are falling far behind,keeping up with the drastic changes, brought on by technology. However, technology has not only enabled the wider reach of education, but also explored a better quality of learning process. Technology has made the whole process of learning and teaching so easy and accessible for everyone, that we can achieve the goal of education for everyone in near future.
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