“Online learning is not the next big thing; it is the now big thing.”
The quote mentioned above is what precisely describes the current scenario if we are to take about new-age education for the digital era. In case you’re of the opinion that new-age learning is a phenomenon that is yet to occur, then you’re wrong. It has already entered the realm in the form of online learning, smart classrooms, digital libraries; so on and so forth. However, the question is, are we able to keep up with the pace? Or simply trying to fit in?
There are 195 countries in the world today. But do you think the new age learning revolution is reaching out to each of the people belonging to these 195 countries across the globe? If not, then how can it be upgraded, modified and made technologically advanced? The blog talks about this particular concern explicitly, and concentrates on every actionable point that can be taken in order to upgrade education for the digital era.
Smaller Computers, Bigger Goals – Catching up with the trend
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Technology and its application have remarkably expanded over the past decade, especially when it comes to the use of personal computers for the purpose of education and learning. From home desktop setups to laptops and finally the enhanced application of palmtops and tablets; this is always responsible for bringing a revolution in the field of academics, and shall always continue to do the same in the near future as well.
Even though the sizes of computers are getting smaller with each passing day, the responsibilities, purpose and every other functionality associated with the academic sector are getting bigger, tougher and more stringent than ever before. On the other hand, one who‘s already tech-savvy, for instance, the educator or the student will find things much easier to execute than someone who’s still trying to fit in.
Now, if we are to talk about this particular matter explicitly, then it is to be noted that there are still several institutions worldwide that are either deprived of technological advancements or haven’t been yet introduced to the pros of embracing this change.
- With smart classrooms, using projectors, Skype calls and providing laptops to the students in order to develop self-learning capabilities, different NGOs and public development authorities can jot down the names of institutes belonging to the downtrodden and remote areas of the world.
- Volunteers could be appointed accordingly, and they can reach out to those areas that are still deprived of the educational advancements, computers, and digital training methodologies.
- Educative and interactive campaigns could be conducted in order to introduce the concepts of digitalization in the sector of education to all those who are still lagging behind.
- Government aids might come into play if the authority agrees to provide electronic gadgets or free e-tutorials to those who are deprived of the same.
Catching Up with the Revolution Brought By E-Tutorials and Online Examination
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Do you know that according to a Learning Management System report published by IndustryARC and as found on CNBC.com, the market is forecasted to surpass $10 billion by the year 2021? And according to another piece of information and forecast as posted on elearningindustry.com, the trend of online tests and quiz, e-assignments and surveys done online are likely to continue this year as well. Thus, it is somewhat a fair indication that the world is gradually moving towards great digital advancements with rare chances for this particular market being subjected to recession and stagnancy.
This, as a result, gives birth to the same old question- are these stats, developments and digital advancements in the field of education reaching out to every corner of the world or is it just a part of an urban culture? If we are to think of upgrading education and learning for a dawn that would bring forth digital era on a global scale, then the one should consider introducing the concepts of e-tutorials, online examinations, quiz and surveys to the ones who are yet to be enlightened and introduced to such major technological advancements.
- Volunteers and e-learning enthusiasts should target the stakeholders of different educational institutions and approach them in ways that may intrigue them to invest in the technology and introduce the same to their individual learning centers, district schools and colleges.
- Reach out to the students personally, and introduce them to the concept of online tutorials, interactive quiz, digital libraries, online assignment assistance and more.
- Run interactive campaigns encouraging free e-learning demos, thus introducing the concept of online quiz, interactive tutorials, virtual surveys and the likes.
- Recognize the strength and weaknesses of students belonging to a particular educational institute, and determine what e-learning methodologies, online assignment assistance and interactive digital learning environment can acknowledge all conflicting factors and hindrances with perfection.
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Author Bio – Ambarly Jensen is a professor at a reputed university in New York, who is currently working with MyAssignmenthelp.com as an essay helper. She is also holding a PhD degree from University of New York.