Technology and the Changing Education Landscape

By Frank HealyApril 29, 2015

In 1965, Gordon Moore, Intel’s co-founder, predicted the exponential growth of technology will double every 18 months. While rapid changes are redefining the metrics for education and the lead generation industry, advances in technology are also transforming curriculum, learning and teaching. 

Let’s take a look at four game-changing innovations that will affect the future of the digital age:

 

1. Wearable Technology

We are seeing an explosion of these types of gadgets on the market, including Google Glasses, Muse and Keyglove. This device revolution increases the user’s ability to interact, allowing hands-on experience and real-time interaction to create a dynamic-learning environment. Consumers and suppliers alike should consider the major benefits these devices offer in the higher education industry.

 

2. Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning tailors coursework and promotes individual learning needs by breaking free of the one-size-fits-all method of teaching, allowing for more personal interaction. This form of teaching uses interactive tools within higher education and the workplace to fill gaps between traditional and online work. Furthermore, this technology promotes efficiency, and adaptive platforms provide real-time learning at a large scale.

 

4. MOOCs

Online education has progressed at a rapid pace over the past decade with more advanced technology, and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are arguably one of the most significant innovations. They have transformed school systems to create accessible education options teaching real-world skills, and continue to grow and show improvements in making higher education more affordable and accessible.

 

5. Social Media

Social media provides a platform for users to find new ways of interacting outside of the classroom and workplace. By sharing relevant information through these channels, users are more in control of their own content and better able to delve deeper into new layers of education.

Powerful changes in technology have altered the way we live and conduct business. Utilizing the advances in technology will benefit organizations and students by helping them better prepare for now and, more importantly, the future.

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