The constant progress of information technology has made a serious impact on education worldwide for the last couple of years, and the impact keeps growing. Any form of supposedly modern education institution operating without the help of technology is not much likely to succeed today. Thus, the way that we study and learn is going to change dramatically. Thanks to all the interactive programs widely accessible for both mentors and learners, e-education constantly gains more and more popularity and trust.
Research says that by 2016 half of the population of the United States owns a tablet or an e-reader. And when it comes to connectedness, it is calculated that 75% of all American households are wired to the global network from their homes. We will return to those numbers in a while, but still, having seen this data makes it perfectly clear that in the near future e-learning is going to play a very important role in all American education. How are we so sure?
If we go international, we will notice that the tendency for increasing accessibility to online educational resources is relatable. But online courses offered by websites specialized in education make it possible to gather learners from all around the world in virtual education centers. There, with the technological help of interactive whiteboards, educational videos and such tools, information is delivered by the mentors in a pretty innovative and effective way, which is noticeable by the results such institutions have accomplished just for a few years. In numbers, these results seem so big, that we could easily come up with a forecast about the influence IT is going to have on modern education. And is it serious! It is even expected that virtual reality will find a place in e-education and revolutionize the way we get to learn stuff by letting us gain a new perception on the process of studying.
And if we ignore the stats and choose to look at things superficially, the change will still be evident. The constant presence of technology in our everyday lives and the access to information of all sorts, will make a huge difference when looking for a job. Being valued for your true skills, and not being judged by the paper you brought from high school when you attend for a position, seems like a distant dream, but the time is near. With the rise of e-learning as a new form of education, specialists foresee a decreasing prejudice rate in employers when it comes to reviewing and estimating diplomas, certificates, and so on.
We owe that growth to the application of electronic devices in regular education. The use of an interactive whiteboard was made popular by private education institutions, and it quickly made its way into training programs of all kinds. Its application has proved to make virtual classes much more effective and agreeable by solving at least three problems associated with common education. E-learning provides:
- A greater sense of engagement with the training;
- A new perspective on the interaction between tutor and learner;
- A pleasant environment that creates the proper conditions for the process to be truly beneficial.
Often, this leads to results many of us would have thought were incapable of achieving at school or anywhere. Since this method obviously works more than fine, we could easily expect it to become so common that it outdoes what we now perceive as formal education. And this is already happening: more institutions with strong reputations are leaning towards the use of electronic tools, developed by online education centers, in their training programs.
It is clear that things are about to change a lot. Technology clears a new path of opportunities for those of you who are hungry for knowledge, wherever you are. The best thing about e-learning is, you don’t even have to leave your home! And still we strive for comprehension. The current method of communication between pupil and teacher will be left behind for the sake of communication itself becoming true and immediate. Could you imagine a life without school? One day you would. All thanks to IT and global connections!
So far, so good! Still, we’re only talking about education. What is more important: how is technology going to impact our ways as human beings? We might not have to wait for too long for the answer.