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How Education Has Changed With the Rise of Technology

December 18, 2014 On-Line Learning, SBC-Online, General 0 Comments

From podcasts and downloads to apps and virtual interactive learning, there are several factors that have contributed to how education has changed and moved online over the past few years. Whether you're at home, on your commute or traveling, you won't miss a beat if you take an educational course online. The following are three ways in which education has changed radically and moved to the Web:

How Education Has Changed With the Rise of Technology1. Flexibility

Flexible learning options are now available, opening up education to people from a range of educational backgrounds and careers. Students can now create their own integrated learning schedule that includes online learning and some traditional face-to-face methods. This can suit individuals who may wish to save money on transportation or child care and do not want to be locked in to regularly attending class on campus. This also allows students to take classes at home and schedule time to work at their own pace. For most online courses, students just have to log in on a set number of days per week, ensure they complete assignments on time and communicate virtually with classmates and instructors.

2. Lifelong Learning

Technology has also revolutionized education by normalizing lifelong learning. Online learning is a great way to facilitate today's knowledge-driven society and the ongoing demands for continuous professional development. The nature of employment has changed, and keeping one job for life is no longer expected. As a result of globalization, educational institutions around the world are now integrating technologies into all elements of their courses, from learning tools to using online methods for administration and student support. When examining how education has changed, it is now apparent that online education has become part of mainstream teaching and learning, since students now have access to a wide range of increasingly impressive online resources.

3. Technology Leads the Change

The current range of technology-based educational tools shows just how teaching has changed. Edublogs have now become very popular in educational institutions and provide information for students on everything from classroom instruction to educational policies.

Podcasts are another popular learning method, with hundreds of free educational programs now available online. With just a few clicks, students can learn about any subject that interests them. Web-based chat rooms have been available for many years, but they are now gaining popularity in education because they directly connect students with their instructors and classmates, promoting real-time discussions and interactions.

The delivery of education has changed massively, so if you are looking to go back to school, consider taking your studies online.

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