When it comes to the world of education, it is largely understood that it is a traditional industry by nature. Generations of learners have come together and flourished and thrived under the command of traditional education, and they still do today. Education is a privilege, and those of us that have the opportunity and the luxury to have access to it have always learned the same way, from the same cookie-cutter mould as every other student. This broad approach to learning is not necessarily wrong, but it is flawed. Technology and digitalisation have come in to bridge the gaps and help solve the problems at hand.
Not only have standard aspects of education (think student records, assessment submission formats, and permissions forms for activities and experiences like school trips to Europe, for example) gone digital, but the entire industry is being given an online revitalisation. The introduction of online education is one that has proven to have a differing effect on people, dependent on their individual position and perspective on the matter, however over time it has become obvious that online education is here to stay – and to improve tenfold.
Expanding on the value of traditional education
When technological advancement and rapid digitalisation first infiltrated the education industry, there was much deliberation around if it was going to stick. This was, after all, an inherently traditional industry. And more to the point, it was still serving its purpose, even exceeding beyond the expected. But when it became increasingly clear that modern students
Working collaboratively to improve global standards
When it was first introduced as a mainstream concept, online education was a sore point for many that were traditionally-inclined. People were concerned (and understandably so) that introducing technology to the education industry would shut out the traditional methods and models that have worked so well for generations – and continue to do so.
However, as time went on, it quickly became obvious that online education is not intended to replace, but rather to function collaboratively, working in alignment with traditional education to offer students more opportunity (think geographical freedom, financial leniency, and flexibility of scheduling, to name a few key examples).
Paving the way for future generations of learners
Every other day, it is becoming more and more obvious that the future workforce is going to be digitally-inclined, if not entirely digital. And with a digital workforce lurking in the not-so-distant future, having online education be at least a part of the modern (and future) student’s academic experience is nothing short of a stroke of genius.
Students learn and absorb new information and experiences best when they have some reference of familiarity with what they are learning. Seeing as these current learners (and future learners as well, for that matter) are the generations who have grown up surrounded by and immersed in technological influence, it only makes sense that tech-driven education – like online learning – forms the basis (and eventually the majority) of their learning experience. And really, what better way to prepare students for the digital workforce?