Tech Advancements in Education That Further the Learning Experience

Remember when education was solely in-person and book-based, and people relied on educators to learn? 

We’ve since evolved to a learning experience supported by technology, enabling remote education options, self-learning, tools, devices, and apps that facilitate faster production and simpler learning processes. 

Ultimately, tech advancements have opened the door to an elevated educational experience. Let’s look at three, in particular, that have significantly impacted higher education. 

Remote Learning Options

There was a time when online learning wasn’t even an option. You had to be physically in a school attending in-person classes to earn your degree. 

When online courses finally rolled out, it was slowly but surely. Hybrid degree programs emerged, where you could take online and in-person classes. And then came utterly online programs. 

Now, institutions have fully embraced e-learning. They’ve created entirely online degrees; some even provide laptops and other devices necessary to succeed as an online student. 

In addition, many universities and colleges encourage educators to take e-learning courses and classes to learn how to successfully create online courses and teach from home or another remote location. 

Moreover, various e-learning software and digital tools such as SoundNote and Google Drive are available to students pursuing an online education. They’re emerging rapidly, allowing students to choose tools based on their personal and degree needs. 

Remote learning options make higher education accessible for a lot more people. This wouldn’t be possible without ever-growing tech advancements. 

Advancements in Cybersecurity 

As wonderful as online learning options are, would you be surprised to know that many students are hesitant to pursue them? It could be the cost. It could be that their degree choices aren’t available online. It could be that they question the validity of online degrees. 

A less talked-about reason for hesitancy is security and privacy concerns. We’ve all heard about at least a few publicized data breaches and cybercrimes. Maybe you’ve even dealt with one yourself. 

Either way, you know just how harmful cybercrimes can be to businesses and people personally. Whether taking courses primarily remotely or in person, you spend a lot of time online. Thankfully, it’s a lot safer to do this because of advancements in cybersecurity. 

For example, instead of using an unsecured internet connection to take online courses or do other classwork online, many students implement a virtual private network (VPN). 
Good Access defines a VPN as a technology that creates a private, encrypted, secure tunnel between your device and the physical network you’re trying to connect to. A VPN protects users from hacking, hides their IP address, and encrypts data using a public Wi-Fi source.

Author: Sam Bowman

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