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Digital Education 2017-08-16

Digital Revolution: Education is Evolving in the Digital Space

Technology is not all about playing games online or watching animated videos etc. The benefits of technology depend on the way children, parents and teachers choose to use it to enhance learning.

By Reetika Bose Feature Writer

In Education, there is no sphere of our lives that is not touched by the Digital Revolution happening around us. Rapidly evolving technology is transforming the way that knowledge is imparted and absorbed today. The internet now plays a crucial role in the digital educational ecosystem.

The process of imparting education has gone through a sea change if we look at the picture 10-20 years before now. Technology has taken over almost every field of our lives and the onset of online courses came as a path-breaker. No longer did one need to have access to schools, time or a lot of money! All one needed was a good internet connection and a computer.

Benefits of Digital Learning in Transforming a Child’s Life:

  • Motor Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Visual Learning
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Improved Academic Performances
  • Inventiveness

Main reasons for the growth of Digital Learning:

With nearly a billion people on mobile phones and over 200 million mobiles connected to the internet, there has been a considerable rise in digital learning.

The use of best-in-class content, real-time learning and feedback methods, and personalised instructions has encouraged online learning

People are stepping towards digital learning as the ed-tech firms are providing them the comfort of 'live and interactive' anywhere learning in digital format, through its online programmes.

These online courses are affordable and easily accessible

Digital learning aims to break the numerous barriers that are preventing people from receiving quality education in the physically bound classrooms.

Digital literacy is here to stay and if we are serious about taking advantage of the potential benefits of digital learning then we need to appropriately resource our schools and teachers.

Experts Speak:

The Assistant Dean-Executive Education, IIM Kashipur, Prof. Dr. Dwarka Uniyal told Franchise India on how IIM’s are adapting the digital methods in their Learning?

He said,” In today’s world, we come across people engrossed with the machines on their hands. It’s not about adapting digital technology. I think that most of the higher Education including the IIM’s is, how to remain relevant in the lives and space of Education.”

Talking about Technology, he further added,” We are left with no choice but to adapt to it. We have focused our aim on Executive Education. These are the time pressed Executive, where we realise that we are not only recreating classroom learning environment but it’s too much of a cost that everybody is concerned in terms of time, effort and money an adapting a lot more to that.”

At the same time, we are partnering with a lot of platforms and to a lot of technology platforms to reach out to a large pool of students who would want to get very good Education.”

Shrutidhar Paliwal VP & Head Corp Comm Aptech Ltd, says, ‘”On this Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about how India needs to focus on creating employment generators rather than employment seekers. India is one of world’s fastest growing knowledge-based economies due to its huge human capital. At the moment about 1.2 crore youth need to be skilled and by 2025, another 250 million youth are estimated to enter the Indian workforce. Education plays the key role in the development of a country’s human resource by creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life. Some vital hindrances being the accessibility, affordability, and time required for learning, Aptech believes that digitization of education is the answer to this. Digitization would help in swiftly updating curriculum with the changing needs of the market, reduce cases of cheating and forgery, and bring in standardization across the country so that there is parity among the talent generated from different parts of the country.”

Talking on  educationbiz, Ms Neha Bajaj, Managing Director, Scroll Mantra said," As we are moving aggressively towards “Digital India”, it becomes understandably important to inculcate digital medium of learning in education. Children today have access to iPads, laptops at home and are essentially using it for research, playing games, music etc. Introducing digital learning in classrooms will essentially make the education process simpler, resourceful and efficient. It is time to replace old school classroom with smart class. While some schools have already started deploying some of these methods, we are still years away from complete digitisation. There is a flip side of students misusing the internet liberty given to them therefore the key lies in implementation. Needless to say digitisation in education is the future. “

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