Technology has taken the world by storm over the last decade and the education industry has not been any different. And since nobody is ever “too old” to learn something new, with the presence of modern technology, nobody is ever “too far” either. So it does not matter if you’re a student living in Japan who wants to pursue Americal courses because our communication and collaboration channels have developed so well over the last few years that it is not impossible anymore.
Cloud storage, video & audio conferencing tools, virtual whiteboards, every bit of technology is working towards the same mission – bringing the world closer and erasing the physical boundaries.
Thankfully, this mission of science is highly compatible with the education system because as technology continues to do its job, education for people sitting in the most remote corners of the world becomes easier.
However, there are certain, highly significant ways that technology is taking care of learners around the world and supporting them in achieving their goals. Let us see how.
The rise of the Smartphone:
According to a report posted by Towards Maturity, 64% of learners all around the world access their learning or training content from their mobile devices. And 43% of the learners report increased productivity in comparison with non-mobile users. Not only this but there is enough data for us to prove that learning on-the-go is highly preferred by the majority of the people.
With a total of 2.5 billion smartphone users in the entire world, the diversity in learning among people is unmatched today. This is because of the endless advantages they pose for new-age learners, such as
- Easy access to the internet for referencing and researching.
- Mobile apps to take class notes and directly saving them on cloud storage for extra safety
- Ability to record lectures in video and audio formats.
- Simply track-keeping ability for dates and schedules
The introduction of video calling to the world was a quantum leap. And after that, outpoured a various software that made the world an intimately connected place. And these hyperconnected channels of communication led to an endless number of applications in different industries.
Along with every other industry, the education sector was benefited greatly because distance learning could be made possible after all.
And today, we are at a place where software, such as the virtual whiteboard, exist, that encompasses all the properties of major learning software at one platform. Features like audio calling, chatting, real-time document and screen sharing along with the utmost ease of collaborative learning, which has become the requisites for distance learning, are all made available to the users with a virtual whiteboard.
The initiation of Live broadcasts
As the internet continues to become a mainstream media channel for the whole wide world, the trend of live streaming videos is catching on rapidly as well. Many social media channels and other platforms have already integrated the feature of live streaming into their applications and people are finding creative ways to use this feature.
One of the best ways to propagate successful distance education courses among remote learners is to stream a live class for them. And if it can be interactive, the success rate of the class will be way better than a simple broadcast. In fact, there are websites that are solely dedicated to live-streaming platforms with educational intent.
This way of learning is known for a better learning experience than the regular distance learning courses. Because students can record the streaming videos, they can have an on-demand lesson explained to them in-person (virtually) and of course, it is a highly accessible method of learning.
In the end
The way that technology has molded modern education by connecting with the people living in the most disconnected and remote locations is proof of its success. This has opened doorways to new opportunities, not only for learners but also for the educators who want to impart knowledge and make a living from anywhere in the world.