The digital revolution has changed almost every aspect of our business and society. More than 3.5 billion people have now had access to the internet, and it is estimated that more than 5 billion people have some type of mobile phone, half of which are smartphones. This connectivity level undoubtedly affects how we interact with each other, receive news and see the world.
Therefore, it is no surprise that these digital transformation trends have also significantly impacted the education industry. From primary schools to higher education, digital transformation has affected how students learn and how teachers reach students. The pandemic has accelerated these trends even more, forcing many education institutes around the world to close. To help students continue learning, schools and teachers have turned to technology to bridge the gap.
Digital technology and advancements have affected students and teachers. Here are the seven major digital trends that have emerged as schools begin to utilise the power of technology.
Improve the accessibility and access
One of the first noticeable digital transformation trends that can be seen in the education industry is the increased accessibility - provide more opportunities for students of all ages to attend schools and even earn a degree. Students who may have disabilities and cannot access certain types of information will find that technology can help eliminate these barriers greatly. For example, text-to-speech programs and dictated content programs can help improve the ability of all students to access information provided by the school. People with visual or hearing impartments and dyslexia can benefit from technology to learn and earn a degree.
From a technological point of view, accessibility and access continue to improve when it comes to geographic barriers. Online learning enables students to access schools and degree programs that may not be suitable for their location, which can help them get the best education for their situation. The geographic area no longer restricts students.
Even before the pandemic occurred, more than one-third of students reported taking at least one online course. This trend will continue to grow as people see the value of increasing the flexibility of certain courses, even in higher education courses.
Personalised learning method
If personalised experience has become so important in the business world, then the same goes with education. Personalised learning methods are also playing an important part in the digital education revolution. Many schools and programs have begun to realise the value of providing students with adaptive solutions based on their strengths and weakness instead of just putting them in the same metaphorical box.
Personalised learning methods bring many benefits to students and learning institutions. When students are allowed to learn in the way that best suits their learning style, it can help them absorb the knowledge and retain the important information better. A personalised learning experience encourages students to move forward in their educational progress. Students become empowered to earn degrees and are qualified for the educational and job opportunities that suit them.
Schools can truly meet students’ needs, and maintaining course progress will also increase their retention rate. Therefore, this will help improve the school’s reputation and enhance its ability to prepare learners for the next step in education or vocational training.
Digital transformation is certainly the essential move for businesses that want to survive in the pandemic and post-pandemic time, especially in the core industry like education. In our next blog article, we will explore the next two digital transformation trends in the year 2021 and beyond. Stay tuned!