5 Ways IT Can Help Education be More Effective

Thanks to the developments in IT, today we have a completely new industry – the elearning industry. But can IT foster better education and make it more effective outside of the elearning landscape?

With all that software, gadgets and online platforms, educational institutions now have countless opportunities to enrich their efforts and make education more engaging. Let’s see how can IT help it become more effective.

Experience With Devices and Software

First let us mention what software and devices have to offer. You have to acknowledge the fact that, starting with Millenials, every following generation will be more familiar with using all sorts of devices and software.

Educational institutes have to accomodate their courses to the modern student’s basic need – the ability to access courses and information on the go. Luckily, there’s already a type of software that makes this possible.

The Tin Can software specification can track, record and store students’ learning activities inside the courses, as well as outside of them. This offers a plethora of opportunities for improving the overall learning experience.

Easier Group Activities

Learning in groups is something many schools try to foster in students from their first contact with studying. Why? Because it holds many benefits, both in academic and psychological terms. The only problem in the higher education bracket is that extra effort that has to be made in order to build the group and sustain it over the years.

Thanks to modern IT solutions, both students and schools can now access online platforms to make their education more effective. While educational institutions can design and run their highly specific courses, the students, on the other hand, can study in virtual groups. This practice doesn’t put any limits in terms of exchange of opinions and insights, thus enabling a true group activity online.

Constant Student Support

Feedback is an amazing thing in the learning process. It can do wonders for students, as well as for teachers. Instead of waiting for the feedback for hours and sometimes days, IT technologies bring constant student support and feedback into the picture.

If you want to check out its importance for yourself, feel free to visit any of the popular online platforms and see how many comments and discussions per course there are. And this is just one side of it.

Additionally, thanks to the new smart algorithms used in online learning, students can be offered new ways to extend their knowledge online. If there is a need to directly contact a course creator, with all those digital channels at our disposal it has never been easier to do so.

What this constant support does foster better relationships between teachers and students, enables students to feel appreciated, and removes major setbacks in the learning process altogether. This keeps efficiency and motivation on a constantly high level.

Better Retention Through Use of Multimedia

It all started a few decades ago when those old-school projectors entered classrooms. This was simply because multimedia learning materials have incredible value in terms of knowledge retention.

Enabling students to visualise problems, solutions and the very process of how something works allows them to understand everything, thus allowing them to remember it for an indefinite time.

Today, even schools in undeveloped countries have video beams and laptops in their classrooms but, as you will see in the next paragraph, this is not the end.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in The Classroom

The last two years were the years of virtual and augmented reality. The industry has brought us HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR as the latest achievements. On Google I/O and Apple Keynote 2017, we could see the power new smartphones pack in terms of augmented reality.

All of these stand as new opportunities for educational institutions to further use multimedia and leverage it to increase the efficiency of your learning courses. Imagine the knowledge retention when learners are emerged in a 360 degree view of your course.

The IT industry is always future-oriented. Every new achievement breaks the old barriers and sets new ones. As you can see, for learning organizations, IT has a lot to offer, particularly when it comes to increasing the efficiency across the board.

Niki Vajdova

Marketing Intern

Student at Faculty of management - Comenius University in Bratislava.

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