Technology has had a widespread impact across almost every sector and the education sector is as much affected as any other. While some of the drivers for change in teaching and learning remain the same as they have for decades, the way that we consume and interact with educational content has changed forever thanks to technology. From accessibility to flexibility, the future of education and learning is a completely different landscape thanks to the impact of technology.
The key ways in which technology is impacting the trajectory of education and learning
Greater choice for learners
Technology has introduced crucial flexibility into education and learning that will continue to develop in the coming years. As a result, learners now have far more say over the pace of learning, as well as how and where they decide to learn. Learning can now be much more simply integrated into the existing demands of lifestyle, whether that’s distance learning for those who can’t physically attend classes or flexible digital learning for anyone trying to continue education around a family schedule. Access to learning is now much simpler and also much broader – blended learning provision means that learners can organise learning around their lives, as opposed to the other way around.
The importance of digital skills
In the near future, digital skills will become a benchmark for career progression. This is already something that employers look for in applicants and a lack of these skills could become a barrier to employment in the future. With the rise of digital techniques and interfaces for learning, there is also an increase in the range of digital skills and competencies that are being acquired by learners. Educators are increasingly recognising the need for these skills to be nurtured and honed in order to support a future career in which technology is a dominant influence. As a result, integrating technology into education and learning is widely viewed as an opportunity to combine learning, both of the subject itself and also with respect to digital skills.
Changes in teaching style
Technology has significantly expanded the options where teaching materials, structure and resources are concerned. Digital and multimedia formats give educators many more options now when it comes to engaging learners. Materials can be more interactive and flexible and teaching can be delivered in a range of different ways, including integrating the use of online materials in a class environment, as well as students’ own digital devices. As a result, teaching can be more inclusive and tailored to the needs of individual learners. Teachers are able to be more flexible, both in terms of the way they communicate with learners and the way that learning is delivered. As the range of choice of technology for learning increases, we will see even more digital options integrating into a learning environment to optimise engagement and performance.
These are just some of the ways in which technology has – and will continue to – influence the development of education and learning. Get in touch with Suna for your educational technology requirements today.