As everyone knows, the traditional academic world is changing and nowadays many institutions worldwide are adopting new technologies to stay competitive, as well as to satisfy the students’ expectations.
Current learners are reading books and watching their favourite movies on mobile devices, this means that the education sector has to move in that direction as well. Therefore, many universities are offering students 24/7 access to learning resources, as well as the possibility to engage with this content from wherever they are.
Across the UK, different learning apps and devices are being used at universities, allowing students to access their core books any time they want and to fit study time into their busy timetables.
When used in a correct way, edtech brings many benefits. Firstly, it permits students to access learning materials from their devices. Secondly, it increases their capacity to develop their independent learning and manage their study time. Thirdly, edtech enhances the whole student learning experience, encouraging learners to collaborate and participate actively in the class. Indeed, students, by having an early access to learning resources, can read the provided materials before their lecture and interact with the teacher during the class.
Furthermore, edtech is related to the development of smart tools and personalised platforms. These technologies give students the possibility to access virtual notes, as well as features like highlighting, bookmarks and citations.
Not only have these technologies made the studying process easier, but they have also increased the ability of collaboration among students. Indeed, whether they are in class or at home, learners can work together as well as share their ideas and brainstorm.
Also, edtech brings benefits to lecturers, by giving them access to large amounts of data and analytics. These technologies give them a comprehensive insight into the students’ progress, as well as their engagement. With the modern technological tools, teachers are able to look at real-time data about the learners’ engagement and performance and focus on students who need more support. Moreover, through the use of analytical tools, teachers are able to personalise their classes, shaping their lectures content to the students’ needs.
In conclusion, the introduction of technologies in education has brought various benefits to both students and lecturers, including a 24/7 accessibility to learning resources, more portability and the possibility to use smart and analytical tools. Finally, although technology can be seen as a factor of distraction among students, if used in a proper way, can enhance their whole learning experience.