Technology is more a catalyst than an influencer in education today. It is increasingly changing the education landscape. Technology consultant, Gartner projects that this year will see 6.4 billion connected things in use world over, up 30 per cent from the last. Look further at the same number in 2020 and the forecast suggests it will be close to 21 billion. .
In a Forrester Research study, over 80 percent of participants said the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the most strategic technology initiative for their organization in a decade. .
ABI Research predicts that by 2020, 30 billiontotal devices will be connected, nearly triple the number that exist today. .
When British entrepreneur, Kevin Ashton, invented the term ‘Internet of Things’ back in 1999, nobody would have thought there would come a day when it encompassed almost everything. .
After Healthcare and Customer Service, IoT in the education industry is disrupting the learning market in a global way as schools are becoming part of this evolution.
Educational Institutions are leveraging the Cloud and RFID to manage Big Data. IoT is also enabling real-time view of students and staff for increasing efficiency and informed decision making. .
A quick look at the e-learning space shows that recent criticisms against the sector include escalating costs, dropping completion rates and a lack of career readiness amongst learners. The industry is looking to IoT for a shot in the arm and several solutions are being researched to improve and enhance the e-learning experience. .
LEARNING ON THE GO.
elearning has travelled a fair distance from the now humble desktop to multiple devices as everyone wants learning on the go. With IoT, Online lessons and learning tools with engaging and interactive content are being made available across platforms. While Smart ID cards are being used for attendance marking, tracking devices like wrist bands and GPS enabled bus services ensure safety of students by tracking the location of the bus to give the information real time to parents and the administrators. .
Connected devices not only aim to provide benefits to students with special needs by making necessary changes according the needs of the students but also come handy in situations of lockdown for emergency purposes. .
Content has transformed in the way it is curated, designed and presented. To generate content that can transcend devices and elicit a response is anything but easy but several companies are looking at old school programming, namely HTML5, to do the job. One of the significant reasons for this programming switch from Flash to HTML5 in elearning is the rampant use of connected devices and the rise of the BYOD (bring your own device) movement. HTML5 is supported by an increasing number of devices and interestingly, it is more efficient in CPU usage leading to better battery life and provides for offline storage of data. With features such as these, HTML5 eLearning authoring tools are fast becoming must-haves and Adobe Captivate 9, Articulate Storyline and Elucidat are just some of the names making best use of HTML5. .
MANAGING PROJECTS BETTER
In the workplace, elearning has become a norm as it has been proven to reduce costs, make learning faster yet more effective and boost productivity. Choosing a project management tool is one of the more important decisions an elearning team makes. One of the governing factors in making this choice is the tool’s flexibility while remaining fully functional. While there are several tools in the market, there are some that provide standout features. Google Docs pairs with any Google app, Asana is extremely easy to use not to mention free for smaller teams, Trello displays a visual project overview using a card system, Wrike has an automatic update system and there’s much more on this list.
Thanks to the boom of IoT, team work will never be the same again. Learning, especially elearning, has become more relevant and robust to corporations and people alike. Through enhancements in connectivity and corresponding upgrades in software, there are more convincing answers to questions thrown up by industry naysayers; that is what makes this an engaging space to watch.