If you look around closely, you will notice that we have well and truly entered the digital era. Technology has penetrated every aspect of our lives and as things are progressing, it will continue to have a huge impact in the future. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of different technologies in the past couple of years across different industries. While the corporate world has aggressively used technology to solve the bottlenecks that come with remote working, the education sector is not far behind.
Digital transformation trends have had a great influence on different sectors. Today, we will highlight how digital transformation trends are impacting the education industry. Right from primary to higher education, schools, colleges, and universities were compelled to use technology to conduct exams, teach, and stay connected with students. Once again, we cannot ignore that the pandemic has played a very important role in boosting the adoption of digital technologies in the education sector.
Thanks to these factors, we are seeing several important digital transformation trends in online education and learning. In this article, we will take a look at how technology has transformed education and the benefits associated with it.
Digital transformation trends in education
1. Better access and accessibility
One of the most visible digital transformation trends in education is better accessibility to online lessons, schools, and courses for students of different ages. In addition, students with disabilities and impairments that affect their ability to access different types of information have found out that technology addresses this problem. For instance, text-to-speech applications that seamlessly transcribe dictated content have helped students enhance their ability to access information in school.
In addition, students with video and audio challenges along with problems with reading can also reap the benefits of technology, enabling them to learn and grasp new information easily. Another advantage of technology is that students have access to international courses and programs, providing them with a great opportunity to secure the best education.
2. Virtual reality (VR) technology
Virtual reality has become a key part of technology across different industries. While the entertainment industry was an early adopter of VR, it has attracted a great amount of attention from the educational industry. Virtual reality can offer students an opportunity to experience ‘learning material’ before they move into real-world applications. For instance, students that are studying architecture can get a fair idea of the kind of environment they are likely to work in the future.
Besides, they can experience environments very similar to that while dealing with clients. Students also get the perfect training even before leaving the classroom.
3. Integrating IoT into school
In the tech world, we often use the word ‘smart’ as an affix to different consumer electronics. Today, we use ‘smart devices’ including ‘smart TVs’, ‘smartphones’, ‘smart refrigerators’, and so on. This also indicates that the prevalence of the ‘Internet of Things (IoT) has increased in our lives by a considerable margin.
Today, apart from phones, tech innovations and advancements have enabled people to transform even outlets and plugs into ‘smart’. Within the education sector, this can be mainly used to connect students and learning institutions with a new approach altogether.
IoT can also assist education institutions to tighten their security and comfort features while keeping costs in check. Smart devices can also identify when temperature control systems should be turned on or off to offer a comfortable and optimum learning environment.
4. Cloud-based learning
Cloud technologies help teachers, educators, and students the opportunity to stay connected from any location. The relevant stakeholders can use applications connected to the cloud from their house, a restaurant, an airport, or any other random location. When the pandemic greeted us, it significantly pushed the demand for these applications.
Teachers and educators started have now started using a host of platforms to post videos and host lectures for students to ensure their education is on the right track even if they cannot interact with each other in person.
Cloud platforms open up a world full of opportunities including streaming of lectures, making online lectures more engaging and interactive. In fact, there are plenty of applications from which students can submit assignments, keep track of their current assignments, and even engage with their peers. Such tools can even be used to make smaller groups so that students can effectively collaborate on different assignments and projects. Such cloud-based applications that are primarily designed for students allow users to give exams online. These cloud applications ensure that students from different backgrounds have access to educational opportunities.
5. Security for different devices
As technology continues to evolve and become a key component of the lives of teachers and students, there is an increasing need to improve security in the digital education ecosystem. Educational institutions also need to find new and innovative ways to ensure that they secure student information and digital assignments safely. Besides, it becomes even more imperative that security measures are in place for students who take exams and submit assignments digitally.
Even a single security breach can be detrimental to the reputation of an educational institution and even have a negative impact on a student’s career.
There is no doubt that there has been a significant impact of technology on the educational sector. Digital transformation in education is very evident and we have explored some trends in this article. Education institutions from across the world have realized the potential of digital platforms and how they can be beneficial for them.
Technology is evolving at lightning speed and it is high time the education sector takes note of that. What are your thoughts on the impact of technology on education? Leave your comments below and tell us what you think.
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