Collaborative technology has changed our lives in so many ways. Enriching personal relationships, by connecting us with far away friends or family members. Improving productivity and flexibility in businesses by linking remote sites or workers with one another. But one area where collaborative tech is really making a splash, is education.
Educators have been talking about how E-Learning initiatives have been changing the face of the traditional classroom since 2013, and we’re starting to see the effects of the digital revolution on education institutions now. From iPads and webcams in kindergarten classrooms to cross-cultural learning opportunities. Today over half of America’s K-12 students are using Google’s suite of collaborative apps to help them with their studies.
Studies have shown that students excel when they’re given interactive opportunities that allow them to immersive themselves in what they’re learning and thanks to the power of the internet and technological advances like cloud storage, video streaming and mobile devices, the world has become our classroom no matter where we are. It’s no wonder collaborative tech is making waves in the education sector where engagement is such a vital part of the learning experience.
Companies like Blackboard and Coursera are providing teachers with innovative new ways to deliver lessons and class materials, while students can interact with each other, sharing their class notes using Dropbox, or using Skype to meet up for group assignments outside of class hours, without having to leave the house.
One way it does this is by making it easier and more convenient to gain new skills and qualifications. Thanks to online learning students can receive a high-quality teaching and learning experience, regardless of where they live, and this has been a game-changer in providing equal opportunities to rural and disadvantaged communities.
Asian countries, like China have seen a boom in the ESL market thanks to virtual classrooms connecting students with native English speakers overseas, while the Australian job market is predicted to receive a major influx of qualified workers thanks to the prevalence of MOOC platforms, or Massive Open Online Courses.
Even professional certifications are becoming easier for employees to obtain, with businesses now able to offer online solutions for staff to train both on the job, or at home, providing some much-needed flexibility in today’s busy work place.
Collaborative technology is also training students to adapt to the changing environment of the modern workspace, encouraging them to think co-operatively regardless of distance, or provide hands-on assistance even if they’re in a remote location. The skills necessary for success in the 21st Century are undoubtedly based around technology, giving students the opportunities to interact with the growing range of collaborative apps and programs out there will enable them to be digitally savvy employees when they eventually graduate to the workplace.
As the number of collaborative options on the market continues to grow, and the market for these technologies continues to expand we’re likely to see more and more innovations that provide us with connective and communal ways to engage with learning.