The education industry has been through something of a revitalisation in recent years. While practically every other industry has had its fair share of digital reawakening since technology took hold, the education sector is one of the most renowned for its traditional methods and models. Because of worldwide education’s role in shaping the minds and ideals of young generations, the importance of it evolving to realign with the rest of the world was crucial, it is true, but it was also daunting and quite a slow process. The reason for this snail’s pace in industry-wide embracement of technology and digitalisation, is the fact that the industry has historically thrived on its traditional methods and models.
There has been no need to modernise with the times. Until recently. Over the last ten years or so, the average student that has made their way through the education industry in their respective country of residence has become increasingly familiar with technology and digitalisation. Because of this digital fluency, students have become increasingly comfortable, even reliant, on technological innovation in all areas of their lives – including their education and learning experiences. The global education sector realised the necessity of introducing technology to the education industry, just as tech entrepreneurs were beginning to wonder if it would ever be made possible.
Innovations in education like online training and the digitalisation of learning materials and assessment submissions snowballed into a complete industry revitalisation. The result of that revitalisation is the introduction of online education. In short, online education was introduced to combat and ultimately break down one of traditional education’s biggest barriers: geographical stability. Traditionally, students had to be in relative proximity of their chosen college or university, or they would be obviously unable to attend classes – some of which marked attendance. Online education eliminates this barrier, allowing any individual who has a stable Wifi connection and a drive to learn, the opportunity to enrol in classes, taking them online as opposed to having to physically go in.
Students today are given the choice between traditional education and online learning. This is something that might seem normal to us now, but it has been a long, difficult road to get to this point. It has not always been so easy for students to have full flexibility in their education experience, and they are relishing that flexibility now that it is here. More than anything else, the introduction of online education presents as a force of strength and capability, and welding it together with traditional education ensures that the two are able to function efficiently side by side as time moves us on.
Online education is still a relatively innovation in the education industry, but even so, it has proven its value time and again as a strong innovation in modern learning. While there will always be students who prefer the in-person experience that traditional education offers, online education presents a choice to students that was never available before. The result is that the entire education system has become stronger and more capable – something that, as the way of the world moving would have it, was absolutely necessary for education’s healthy development and subsequent relevance in an ever-changing world.