Current technological developments are altering various aspects of society and this is especially true for the education sector. With these digital developments, higher education is becoming more attainable, accessible for all members of society. This gives students a great opportunity, who have different socioeconomic backgrounds and live in various parts of the world. With the massive uptake digital, institutions can give learners many valuable opportunities that will in turn improve their educational experiences.
Technological innovations are altering the way universities interact and serve learners. This allows global institutions to implement and utilise alternative methods, such as adaptive learning technologies, mobile applications and learning management systems to offer students a more engaging learning experience.
Furthermore, the development of digital has allowed the growth of online education. This progress can be attributed to the development of digital content which have been made accessible by adoption of mobile technology and video-based communications.
Following on from this, these same technologies have permitted institutions to collaborate on many influential research projects. As well as this, universities have safer, smarter and efficient communications because of the more sophisticated software available to them.
In addition to this, the collection of data available through the Internet and the use of analytical software has permitted administrators to further understand students’ needs and behaviour. In turn, they have started providing students with more personalised services such as smart map apps or IP-enabled cameras to enhance their experience.
With the development of digital technology, videos have emerged as a key player in higher education. Currently, lectures are available online via pre-recorded video and homework is completed with teachers in the class. Also, videos have given universities the chance to offer extensive open online courses (MOOCs), accessible to students across the globe.
Additionally, the emergence of digital has spread the use of learning management systems. By utilising them, universities can plan, access, facilitate, implement and monitor the students’ learning environment. Learning management systems can host, both educational content, resource and course preparation which allows institutions to provide a high quality student experience.
In conclusion, technological development has permitted students to engage with other learners wherever and whenever they want, through these new platforms.