“No system can remain stable or exist without continuous and constant development and evolution of itself. Education has come a long developing, evolving and transforming itself with time to meet the needs of the world.”
Schools, colleges and universities have always opted for the best and latest technologies to educate the students and keep up with the progressing technological trends of the world. These changes have come with constantly changing technological aspects of the world.
Information Technology Revolution
Most of world’s educational developments in the last quarter of the 20th century are attributed to information technology that provided a unified platform for sharing of information and to learn greater then ever. A few technologies that specifically centered learning and comprehension are described below.
Computers have been used as an integral part of curriculum for decades. The technology has changed with time and improved to present. Since the late 80’s computers have been integrated into elementary education and students have since been learning on a completely new and advanced system.
Projectors and presentations
Science has proven that the mind learns far more quickly and efficiently with visual representation. That’s another reason why online education is so popular. All the courses are visually reprinted with multimedia presentations, charts and graphs where necessary. This illustrative approach to teaching helps students learn plenty in a very short time.
Education and the World Wide Web
Internet was simply the biggest revolution of the information technology age that has literally created an entirely new and astounding globally interactive environment that changed communication and sharing of information as knew it forever. Students, teachers and professionals alike have immensely use the internet to learn, understand and share.
Futuristic Educational developments
The last few years has seen a very dramatic change in online learning and its delivery systems. Initially online education was all about courses offered online with little or no dynamic interactivity or student involvement in it. Students had access to educational material that they read, understood and appeared in online exams.
Things have changed since then. Today online students are more informed, more engaged and more interested in learning online than ever. This is because of the technologies and methods that changed the face of online education.
Of forums, chatting and blogs
Online learners now have access to forums, chat rooms, blogs, video conferencing, online communities and much more. When summed up, online education makes a very refreshing experience.
The courses offered online are dynamic with structured curriculums that help students make their own schedule and study at their own pace.
Online schools have introduced various new techniques of keeping students involved with their studies. These include use of interactive experiences where students can enjoy while they learn; the use of video conferencing has also helped a great deal because face-to-face communication between students and teachers make learning exciting. Similarly, online presentations have made learning a lot easier.
Learning through mobile technology
With the millennium came perhaps the next big step in online education. Universities have taken a step forward to merge mobile technology with online education. Students can access their classrooms from their mobile phones and PDAs anytime anywhere.
Specialized PDA’s have been developed solely for the purpose of online education supported with the latest technologies like wifi and wimax.
The term e-Learning 2.0 is now being used to refer to new ways of thinking about online education inspired by the emergence of Web 2.0. The new concepts of E-learning have emphasized on extending online education from classes to more social places. These include blogs, wikis, podcasts and virtual world learning.
Wikis is a term derived from the renowned online free encyclopedia Wikipedia. Now a days the term “Wiki” is used to describe a collective of information on a particular subject or topic. This decentralized approach to information has separated yet provided an even more detailed and illustrated information base for educators and students alike.
Virtual Classroom revamping
The increased use of virtual classroom has simultaneously increased the development of these virtual classrooms. One of the latest developments is the interactive system that allows students to interact with other students and teachers in real time using an interactive whiteboard, VOPI systems and chat that allow audio and video communication and sharing. Not only are these technologies relatively simple to implant but also very cheap for the students to use.
The 100$ laptop or the one-child-one-laptop program is also an important venture. This laptop would allow students in remote areas or those who can’t afford an education to learn with ease. A 100$ laptop combined with affordable online education could just be the answer to reducing worldwide illiteracy greatly.
Online learning has learned a lot from itself as well. It has grown into a reliable, flexible and affordable platform that meets tomorrow’s promises today.