The Buzz Around New Trends That Comes Into Play In The Educational Ecosystem

The framework of 21st-century education system is changing fast. Online learning has become as essential mode of learning, various learning tools are gaining its place in classrooms, student analytics are being used to monitor engagement, and universities are adopting e-learning to run a parallel education ecosystem. This, in a nutshell, is the present-day scenario of education system.

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Online learning, undoubtedly, is making a big difference in passing on knowledge. This is because this mode of learning is bridging the gap between education infused with hands-on experience that is needed to upskill and knowledge that is being imparted by the traditional institutes. What comes to mind after taking a closer look at this situation is – How technology is enhancing the overall learning experience?

The sure thing is, technology, like every other aspect of life, has its upper hand on education. And if you manage to zero in on the young learners everywhere around you there is a fair chance of seeing them opting for their studies. This is where advanced technology comes handy. Let’s weigh up the advantages of technology-infused learning.

E-learning. Learning, in this mode, is delivered online through smart-phones, tabs, and other technology enabled devices. The availability of learning increases due to this. Whenever a learner gets the internet connection he can opt to continue his lessons.

Cloud-based learning system. Internet is the source of everything and learning is made easy by the suffusion of advanced technology like internet. But what if there is no connection? Thanks to cloud-based learning system with which you can download, save and reuse your resources whenever you feel the need.

Social Media learning platform. The impact of Facebook, twitter and other social networking sites in our lives can’t be denied. Online learning harnesses the power of those social networking sites to enhance the engagement of learning by asking questions posting answers and sharing thoughts.

Multimedia learning. Whether your want your students to understand the complex anatomic structure of our body as an educator or you want to get into the core a atomic structure of a novel gas as an inspired learner the best way to understand all these is to bank on online learning as this mode of learning comprise of video-based or in a broader sense multimedia based learning. Wonder how we manage to memorise lyrics of new-age ‘blues’ and forget the what we a taught in school a day before? It’s because multimedia learning has a magnifying effect on our memorising power, it magnifies it to a certain degree. Imagine how audio-visual learning can help the learners memorising their study.

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Augmented Reality. This, perhaps, is the most recently added feature that enhances the effect of 3d learning space to back up active learning. With relative technology and hardware students experience an ambience artificially created that vouches for intuitive learning. The ambience created by augmented reality can be tailored as per students requirement.

Those are the techniques that online learning is intertwining with the educational system to enhance the user engagement of the learners. Apart from these e-learning institutes initiates bite-sized learning to make learning shorter, sharper and easy to assimilate. And all these new trends and technologies are proved to be more effective than the traditional mode of learning.

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Things to remember before enrolling in online courses.

Millions of articles on online learning can be found if you start scratching the web, but less is discussed on the key skills that is required to complete online courses. Educators have the notion that self-motivation is the core engine that drives the learners to their success.

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Technology undoubtedly has its effects on almost every aspect of life including economy, education and overall growth of a nation. And with the intuitive touch of technology education has become more available ever than before. If you are having family responsibilities or a working student finding hard to manage time to go back to traditional schools to learn – online learning might be your smartest answer.

Why Online Learning Is Creating a Buzz.

Let’s get back to a decade ago when students are taught in a brick-and-mortar school with teachers standing in front of students and students sitting in front of a huge blackboard. The only thing students are allowed to do is listening to the lectures and taking notes. Online learning, on the other hand, is delivered through internet over the smart-phone.

To put it simply, online learning is easing up the process of learning to those who wish to learn further to upgrade their academic career or add a zing in their professional career. But the most frequent question I am asked, whenever I take part in the discussion regarding the advancement of eLearning, is “what is the key skill to continue study online?”

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It’s definitely self-motivation. Unlike traditional learning eLearning doesn’t bound the students with the specific time span. Online learning is a self-directed mode of learning where students are empowered with decision-making right, the right to chose what to read and when to read. A student has to have enough motivation in him to complete his lessons. And this motivation eventually results in making the students more responsible. This is the reason online degrees are gaining its value to the employers al over the world. When asked about the outcome of online learning, Rick Levin, former President of Yale University, says,

“Online courses are rapidly growing in reputation, and are being acknowledged as important and legitimate qualifications to help boost career progression. They provide accessible education across geographic boundaries and time zones, without compromising on teaching quality and credential recognition.”

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In online learning, instructors are not going to push around the learners to learn. So there are chances that students would fail to complete their online courses. To avoid this, one has to keep in mind some strategies like – keeping the end goal in mind, setting a schedule to login on a regular basis, creating a calendar for assignment due dates and joining discussion boards. It is important to keep in mind that online learning may give a fair amount of space and flexibility to the students but to leverage the opportunity one needs to acclimatise himself in this mode of learning.

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Online Learning To Bridge Gaps In 21st Century Education System In Nigeria.

Gaining a sustainable economic evolution is impossible if the educational system does not meet its standards. No matter in what part of this world you live or culture you belong education remains the key factor to enrich people’s efficiency and creativity. It certainly modifies their ability to evolve through time. Governing bodies and leaders of almost every region felt the need of initiating adequate education in every sectors of society that eventually will result in a steady economical system. Having said that, the state and local government of Nigeria are failed to provide a quality education to the young and adult learners which subsequently is draining the creativity and productivity from them. Dr. Dipo Fashina, former president of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) announced Nigeria’s education system to be “dysfunctional and in need urgent need of transformation.”

She added, “Education is the major thing that promotes being at the height of development and we are not there yet”.

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This is the right situation when online learning needs to be introduced in an effective way. It’s time to raise awareness among the students, parents and learners of all age to online education which will result in a sustainable all-round development.

Students Are To Experience Flexible Study Schedule

Schools and colleges in various regions of Nigeria lack a proper foundation. This is the era of tough competition where a student can be left far behind if he or she in not guided properly. Statistics show that online learning makes the learner more attentive as they are never forced to do something that they don’t want to. It gives them the power to decide what to read and when to read. Being the centerfold of the learning process student are showing responsibilities. Hence, online learning could be the most adequate replacement for traditional face-to-face education in several regions in Nigeria.

Accessing Quality Content Via Web

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Another serious problem looming large in the schools and colleges in Nigeria is the lack of updated course material. Online learning can solve this problem by catering quality content to the students which are created and revised by professionals from all around the world.

Increasing Career Opportunity

Online learning courses are tailored to emphasis on the the education that promotes career opportunity. As long as getting a job is the ultimate objective of learning this new form of education has its emphasis on career-oriented study courses.

Empowering Women For Greater Cause

Online learning is successfully empowering women by letting them take their own decision. If a single mother wants to participate in a course of computer coding she can easily use the online learning medium to do it. All she needs to do is logging-in to a website which offers that particular course and going through the session attentively. May be this degree will help her getting a job and meet the ends.

Several online learning applications are rolling out in many of the African countries to increase the engagement of students in learning. As new technologies coming into play ample of opportunities are opening for Nigerian students.

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Digital Techs In Classroom Make Learning Process Enhanced And Improved

There are things that we utilise to make things right. Technology is one such element in human life that has the capability to make things right. But my concern is not technology but how we use it. I am in the favour of devising techs for enhancing and enriching the standard of education. To make learning simple, relevant, meaningful and practical. Although there are several technologies but are these being properly applied to improve education exercises in the classroom? The answer is- only a few use technology in classroom while the majority of the teachers still ignore it. But what could be the reason for not utilising the advanced digital tools?

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Technology needed but….

In a survey of teachers conducted in the US in December 2015 has presented some amazing facts. Two third of the teachers said that they want to include technology but they would require further training. On the other hand, overall 90% said for the success of classroom technology is essential. Imagine, when the scenario is that unusual in the most developed part of the world what could be the situation in the countries where to forget about technology even regular classroom facilities are not present. Education technology is designed to deliver improved and complex learning in most simpler manner.

Installation of techs & training

Why experts give so much importance on installing digital technology in classroom? Integration of technology in the classroom could help teachers in many ways. Teachers can make educational activities interesting with video and graphic contents. There is apps and software which allows to track the attendance and even sitting updates of the students. Moreover, many techs allow teachers to provide real-time reports on the performance of the children directly to the parents. And most importantly this tech reduce the additional burden from teachers. With techs, instructors can provide next classroom learning schedule, homework and assignments, notify exam and so on. Hence, going through all the aspects technology becomes impeccable in the modern education. And that’s why schools and other institutes need to adopt techs which may be useful for them and their students.

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Now the next part is -Training. The survey conducted in the US is the eye-opener for all of us.
Technology can be there what it’s of no use if people don’t know how to use it. Thus, teachers should be provided with adequate training to use technologies that will help to facilitate learning in more advanced manner. The better the teacher are trained the better the techs will be put to use. So why not equip teachers with the robust sound of techs for enhancing the classroom learning?

Make it right

Anyway in future classrooms will be digitised. The tone has to set right from this time. The foundation laid today will actually pay off in the future the development of all from teachers, students to schools and institutes. Besides, with the help of technology, we can engage poor and undeserved children to take education. Since technology has significant role to play in delivering education we cannot risk to avoid it.

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Online MBA: Quality learning with advanced learning techniques

Why the demand for MBA studies is growing consistently? Why does companies globally are hiring MBA qualifiers? According to the industry prediction demand for the MBA in business qualified individuals will continue to grow. Introduced first in Harvard University now is the widely preferred learning course across the countries. It’s because of the fact that business and management courses deals with the varied functions and pursuits in the business organisations across the industries and sectors. And since it helps to create more better prospect for career the demand for business and management learning is increasing. Online business and management programmes helps professionals and entrepreneurs to develop essential skill, crucial for planning and formulating strategies for the success of the organisation.

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Online MBA : Why?

Online business and management degree courses are growing. There are certain factors that has made online learning a considerable tool to acquire MBA degree. Let us check what are the advantage of online learning as gateway to MBA education:

  • Learning format at online is flexible. The student only need device and internet connectivity to participate in learning. Here, students need to accommodate themselves to hostel/residential or commute travel to campus to attend lectures.
  • The duration of the online MBA courses can be short as well as long, it depends on the learning pace and need of students.
  • Online MBA programme allows greater access to learning content to the students. The students can engage to learning 24×7 day or night.
  • Access to top Online Business School is easy as the students are not required to travel to foreign lands to attend the learning programme or to take tests/exams.
  • The online MBA in business and management degree programmes provide opportunity to participate in virtual fair to interact with management of different companies. Also the online students forum and discussion boards allows students of varied nationalities to connect with each other.
  • Professionals seeking to upgrade their skill can take MBA in business course via online without leaving their current job.
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Distance MBA enrolment increasing

Online business and management courses has broken the geographical barrier. Now professionals and students across the nations can select institutes from global map. Since most of the colleges and universities are rendering distance MBA programme to facilitate crucial business learning for the learners. This mode of learning helps the working individuals to carry on with their employment and manage other obligations like family or personal life. The another essential factor that makes online distance MBA convenient is the cost effectiveness. Compare to the traditional, online learning MBA course are incredibly low.

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Own business & MBA

You would be opened to maximum risk if you don’t have the know-how of commerce abreast other essential elements and practices of business. In the contemporary time it’s recommended to measure what and how can you excel instead of surrendering to the crisis. The MBA learning guides the learner on how to deal with different attributes of business. Qualities like problem solving, critical thinking, man and leadership management helps are built through comprehensive and core learning of the business. So why take the risk when you have the learning tool to guide you to thrive your business?

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Importance Of Technology Training For The Teachers

The duties and responsibilities of a teacher is now not limited with the chalk and blackboard. Alike the management students, even they need to think of creative ideas and perform tasks which were once considered beyond the responsibilities.

Technology has made us a slave to its benefits. So education cannot stay far away from it.

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Now-a-days teachers need to be tech geeks in order to handle educational apps, online discussion forums and even social media conversations.

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imagesAs far as educational apps have created a new outlook towards education so do the teachers had to change their approach while dealing with assignments and examination modules. Everything is going online, so is the study and learning modules. Online classroom sections are been popularised as it connects the students and the teachers without been physically present in the classroom. Students link to their subject teachers and conduct their assignments and exams online. Though it has eased out the tasks of the teachers to a certain extent but also indicate rigorous tech knowledge to handle and operate those apps fluently.

The Conference

Recently the University of Delaware has planned to host its third annual UD Educational smart+phoneTechnology Conference (UDETC) on March 5, to help pre-K-20 educators develop a better understanding of the alternatives now available. The full-day conference will aim to acknowledge the teachers with technology experience to the extent of possibilities and provide the more technology – savvy users opportunities to explore newer, cutting edge technologies.

 

Participants in this conference will gain in hand experience in the following topics:

Coordinate Office 365 across multiple devices
Conduct online assessments
Create digital content for the classroom; and

An imperative response has been noted from the teachers’ community. Cindy Luce, who teaches at St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington said, “As educational technology becomes a must-have instead of a nice-to-have, UD’s Ed Tech Conference provided a much-needed opportunity for professionals to learn from each other and stay on top of the latest trends.”

The Change For Good

It is good to see the involvement of the teachers learn more about technology and the newer technologies that the development team has to offer. Going online simplifies a lot of burdens of the teachers and even learn newer stuffs so that they can offer it to their students immediately. Social discussion forums allow to exchange knowledge and latest educational updates not only among the students of same class but also of different schools. Altogether an education revolution will about to be created.

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Education Across Africa – Its Challenges & Solutions

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Education is currently one of the biggest concerns in Africa as most of the nations in the continent have a poor education system which is incapable of creating well trained and knowledgeable graduates who can successfully compete in the global job market. The truth is African education is presently facing a number of challenges like political, social and economic challenges, terrorism, poverty, illiteracy and inadequate infrastructure in schools.

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Presently, there is a strong need for greatly improving our education system as our students are practically not learning anything useful or gaining any skills which will equip them to build a lucrative career and add to the national economy. Instead, we have developed an ineffectual grading system which promotes rote learning only to secure high scores in exams. As a result our graduates are ill prepared to enter the workforce and lack the knowledge and skills of graduates from other parts of the world.

Now it has become imperative that we raise our academic standards so that our universities can be at par with global institutions and create better graduates so that the African youth has a fighting chance in building better lives for themselves. As per 2011-2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, University of Cape Town in South Africa was ranked 103 in the world which was awarded a total score of 53.2%. This goes on to show that we need to focus more on enhancing the education standard in all universities across Africa.

Here are some of the challenges which our African education sector is facing at present –

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Lack Of Trained Educators

 As the education system is weak from the base, we are unable to create skilled and talented educators and teachers who would guide our students and help them prosper. The educators we have don’t know how to offer meaningful and quality education to our learners.

Lack Of Government Initiative

 As the political scenario is greatly influenced by corruption, the governments of different African nations do not take all the necessary steps to boost education. All several measures have been undertaken, but none have proved fruitful due to lack of funding and government support.

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Most primary and tertiary institutes across the continent do not have the right equipments, study materials or even buildings to teach students. As digital learning is slowly taking over the education sphere, African schools find themselves ill-equipped to provide students the best learning experience.

Apart from these, there are various other hindrances and challenges which we need to overcome to create an ideal education system. But the main question which arises now is how do we overcome these obstacles?

Here are some probable solutions to improve the state of our education system…

Sufficient Government Investment

All the governments of African nations must unite to drastically improve the education scenario. The governments must decide on enhanced investment in education schemes which will allow institutions to but the necessary equipment and build more schools across various regions.

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It is also important that we create skilled, well trained motivated and ethical teachers who will help our students to learn the right way and prepare for the global employment market. Our universities should launch programmes that will enable aspiring teachers to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge.

Online Learning

Today online study has become an integral part of education which allows students to learn what they want, when they want and how they want. Online education has the power to expand the reach of institutions and reach learners even in the remote parts of Africa. Our school must embrace the latest technology and offer affordable online learning opportunities to our students.

What do you think? Feel free to share your own opinions and thoughts with us on how we can improve education in Africa.

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