A few decades ago, education systems were not a major topic of discussion because there simply weren’t as many. Most schools even today operate by the traditional systems that have been in place for several years. Of course, research has been done and improvements have been made but the premise has rarely been questioned and every time it is, it is met with a lot of resistance. So a change in the field of education and the way that schools operate is quite a heavy topic these days.
One of the major changes in the last few decades, however,r is the introduction of e-learning. This, of course, is a result of the Internet becoming such a large part of our lives. As such, this has also brought a whole lot of opportunities and opened many doors. Where education was not an option before, for financial or geographical reasons, education can now be made readily available for a rather cheap price. There are even initiatives taken up by non-profit organizations as well as some of the biggest universities in the world, to make e-learning education available for free in certain impoverished countries.
On the other hand, e-learning has also been greatly beneficial for the private sector where companies are able to do a lot of their training online. For examples, in Australia, most hospitals have started e-learning modules for their nursing and medical staff so they are able to keep up with their Continues professional development through an online course. This saves time and money for both the staff and the hospital. With the kind of workforce that can be spread across multiple countries, companies are turning to online content delivery systems to bring training to the employees without having to worry about traveling or instructor expenses.
In schools and primary education setting, technology is being used more than it ever has been. Students are required to work through their laptops to do homework and use dedicated software to submit their assignments. Systems are in place that prevents plagiarism and cheating. It is arguable if this sort of instruction will be more beneficial for younger students relative to the traditional form of instruction that does not involve the use of technology and devices as much. So the question then is, how do be monitor the relative effects?
Technology has also made a large impact on other forms of education or instruction, such as personal coaching and consulting. For example, consultants in various fields are now able to do their sessions remotely in most professions and charging the same amount of money. However, it is much more time-efficient as they do not have to attend physically. On the other hand, in some cases practical applications and immersion is necessary in order to teach effective. Check out our recent article about the changes in PT courses and how they need to be improved.
In some cases, the systems and channels of education have evolved to become more effective and in others (such as primary schools), it is arguable that technology is doing more harm than good. More research and data is required to be able to reach conclusions and make changes. But as long as the topics are open for discussion, anything is possible.