Technology shaking up the education sector

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If you sat any one person down and asked them to think of an active industry today that has not been affected by technological advancement in one way or another, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone that would give you a confident response, other than “none”. The world that we live in now is such a complex one, and it has gone through so much change since humanity began to strive for further disruption with the purpose of expanding our species’ reach on Earth. Technology is one of the pioneering concepts in modern society, and it has proven its value time and again as a domineering force in the race to a more efficient future. Technology is everywhere we look these days. Education is one of the last industries in the world to be at the helm of a digital transformation that is revolutionising the industry entirely. Technological disruption is not necessarily a new concept in the education sector but up until now, the disruptions have been relatively small. The education industry is one of the oldest in the world, and it has firmly established itself as one of the core, necessary sectors in modern society (along with healthcare, business, and science).

There was never anything necessarily wrong with the way that the education system functioned, and that is where the problem lies: students’ way of life has changed, because the rest of the world has shifted. As a result, some of the educational concepts that we have grown to be so familiar with have been modernised, strengthened, or entirely replaced by feats of education technology (EdTech). Textbooks, for example, were traditionally paper, as were assessment submissions, but today they have both gone digital, in an effort to limit paper wastage. Another prime example of this technological advancement in motion in the education sector is the taping of lectures. It used to be that, if a student missed a class, they had no way to look back on the content they missed due to other commitments (like work). Today’s students are busier than ever, and so this type of technological efficiency in the field has been more than welcomed (for the most part).

The students of today have a lot of moving pieces to constantly keep watch for during their time as a student. Some students, in an effort to gain more knowledge within a limited timeframe, rewrote their course notes again and again until they were sunk into their brain like water into a dry sponge. Other students, struggling with what they deem to be an overly demanding workload, enlist in the assistance of a writing service for research papers, so as to make getting their assessments in on time easier to manage. Whichever way any given student chooses to cope, one thing is certain: some aspects of the education sector will never change. There will always be assignments, oral presentations, and examinations to study for. It will always be a matter of grade score average to determine a students’ academic standing. And students will always continue to adapt to new learning curves – literally.

The current generations that are learning in schools are the first of many waves that not only understand the need for technological improvement in education, but they are actively demanding it. The generations going through the education system now are already proving that the way we learn is actively changing along with the way of the world. Incredible feats of EdTech – like online data systems, virtual classrooms, digital textbooks and submission processes, and even online degrees – continuously prove that the education field is finally shifting to evolve with the times (even if that evolution is coming a little later than it has in other industries…you know what they say, better late than never). The education sector has been practically screaming for a digital transformation, and that evolution is finally underway. With technology that caters the learning experience to a specific individual, to giving students the flexibility of commencing and carrying out their studies online, this is just the beginning of the tech-takeover in education…and it already gives flight to a promising future for the education industry and future generations of learners and educators alike. Onward and upward, as they say. From personalised learning to digitally enhancing traditional learning methods, the education industry has found itself in a state of evolution that is changing the game for education.

Education has been one of the last industries in the world to feel the pull of technological advancement and digitalisation. While the pull was a slow burn, it has sped up considerably and found its footing as an astonishingly fast force of human accomplishment. In education, technological advancement is working to strengthen the educational sector tenfold, and what that means is that, ultimately, the education industry is going to be one of the most affected (if not the most affected) industries in the world, if for no other reason than because the industry has had to realign its core models and methods to transition as seamlessly as possible into a future that is heavily dependent on technology to remain relevant. Traditional education campus’ are going (at least partially) digital, sources are moving online, and students are placing more value on the convenience and reliability of digital learning. The future of learning is so bright, and EdTech is at the helm.

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