Technology is increasingly influencing our everyday lives, from communication and social interactions to entertainment and gaming, but it’s also starting to positively impacting education and learning. The influence of e-learning technology is changing how content is created as well as the way it is received by students creating platforms that are easily accessible and usable so that learning becomes engaging and fun. Here we look at eLearning technology trends that will be making waves in the education industry and the influences they have over learning.
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The ability to quickly communicate anywhere in the world means that online courses are available for subjects that are normally quite specialised and difficult to access without authority figures. These increasing standards are allowing accessible learning and study topics that also promote self-teaching or self-pacing learning. While some courses are able to be completely digitised, others are using a blended learning approach, but not as we know it. Whereas before there would be human interaction, now, using video conferencing, instant messaging and automated processes it means that students can get around the clock support from an instructor or teacher without the travel and outside normal working hours.
This technology is why we’re also seeing more conversions from classroom training to eLearning, particularly with online forums and chat groups that also facilitate the social elements of education.
New technology formats have enabled multimedia to be incorporated into content and while we have seen video growing for a while, it hasn’t always been leveraged as well as it could. Creating engaging video content for learning is important and using 360 video technology to create compelling and insightful demonstrations are changing corporate training courses for the better. The ability to offer a full and uninterrupted view of products, processes or services as well as giving better dimension to learning can boost productivity and make training fun again.
Using virtual reality for example is another technological advance that can allow the creation of “virtual classrooms” so you can emphasis the human interaction (both teacher and students) while creating an engaging layout that makes asking questions and problem-solving easier.
Of course, the initial fear here is that eLearning will become completely automated and therefore reduce the need for teachers. However, this is not the case as eLearning can be used most effectively as a supplement to teaching. When it comes to eLearning we need to look at artificial intelligence (AI) as a way of automating some processes over others.
For example, answering organisational or smaller questions such as; where to find the resources, which resources are useful to specific content questions and quizzing students can all be done by an AI to save the teacher time. Robotics also help eLearning by applying information from the students in an interactive way like a learning pet being put to work.
Technology offers a new range of essential tools that need to be used to their full potential in the education sector . These areas in particular will enable students a better learning experience and ease in using eLearning platforms.