How Enablement, Empowerment and Accessibility are Transforming the Education Industry
Discover how students are benefiting from the digitization of the learning process
The education sector has undergone a radical transformation in recent years. The introduction of the Internet, along with the emergence of mobile technology, have forever changed how and when students can study, eliminating the need to be physically present in a classroom in order to receive instruction.
This modernization of education has resulted in a whole new industry being formed— the EdTech business.
A Wikipedia search defines EdTech as the study and ethical practice that facilitates learning and improves the performance by creating and managing appropriate technology tools. But in a nutshell, it is a broad term that is used to describe the flourishing business of making education more convenient and impactful via the use of present-day technology.
It’s an industry that is growing at an unprecedented rate, with experts predicting that the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by the year 2020.
Mobile learning is one of the strongest pillars of the EdTech revolution. In fact, worldwide mLearning spending is projected to reach 37.8 billion US dollars in 2020, up from 3.4 billion US dollars in 2011.
At ARC Business Solutions, we are proud to be contributors to the mLearning movement, providing accessible, easy-to-implement, state-of-the-art educational apps to the clients we serve.
As ambassadors of mobile learning, we have seen first-hand how technology is improving education by breaking down boundaries and giving learners more control over their personal development.
We have read this article written by Jack Tai, the co-founder and CEO of OneClass, and agree with his theory that enablement, empowerment, and accessibility are the three key outcomes that EdTech companies need to deliver in order to successfully shape the future of learning.
Thus, we thought we would share how our team at ARC Business Solutions considers each of these categories when developing our ARC Reach app and brainstorming EdTech solutions for our clients.
Within the context of mobile learning, enablement is all about providing the learner with opportunities to study using methods that work best for that unique individual.
For example, some people retain information best when they are provided with experiential learning exercises, like simulations or team-based problem solving.
Others prefer to learn by completing their lessons in manageable phases, often referred to as “bite-sized learning”, with quizzes at regular intervals for reinforcement.
At ARC Business Solutions, we make all of these methods available within our Reach app, giving learners the ability to complete their lessons when it is most convenient for them, in a way that works for their individual learning style.
The more customizable and adaptable a student’s learning path is, and the more chances they have to control how and when they learn, the more confidence they gain in their abilities and the more successful they are at meeting their educational goals.
It’s no secret that when people feel empowered, remarkable things happen. And this applies to the EdTech industry.
When learners receive positive feedback and supportive guidance from their instructors, they feel more competent and motivated to complete their lessons.
However, not all feedback is created equally. In order for progress check-ins to be fully impactful, they must meet the following criteria:
The feedback must be timely, so students can absorb the information while the topic of the specific lesson is top-of-mind.
The feedback must be meaningful, and be centred around the individual student it is provided to, focusing on their unique needs, and offering solutions that will work with their personal learning style.
The feedback must be constructive. Negative or super-critical feedback will only deepen a student’s sense of self-doubt and discourage them. Feedback should always be presented in a way that is supportive and encouraging.
At ARC Business Solutions, we have built reinforcement quizzes into our Reach app, giving users the ability to refresh their memory at regularly-occurring checkpoints along their learning pathway.
Additionally, instructors can communicate directly with students via our comprehensive management dashboard. This gives both students and educators a safe, private, and convenient way to interact with one another. And since all communications are available directly within the app, users can request feedback at any time, from where ever they are, reducing the amount of time between contact.
This is easily the most compelling benefits of mobile learning, and one of the fastest-growing trends in education.
The traditional classroom-style approach to learning poses many issues. Students often have to work just to make ends meet while completing their education, sometimes being forced to choose between earning an income or physically attending classes. Then there are transportation costs, and the fact that most students only retain 20-40 percent of a lecture’s main ideas.
By making education more accessible via mLearning and other forms of technology, students become far less limited. They no longer have to wait to speak with an instructor face-to-face, and can access educational resources like videos, quizzes, and learning exercises at any time, from their smartphone, tablet, or computer.
But don’t just take our word for it— the numbers speak for themselves.
43 percent of mobile learners see improved productivity levels compared to non-mobile users, and 64 percent of learners find accessing their training content from a mobile device essential to meeting their educational goals.
At ARC Business Solutions, we’ve seen first-hand how implementing a mobile learning app has generated results for the businesses and organizations we work with.
This is why we’re dedicated to making our mLearning solutions as convenient and as simple to access as possible.
In fact, our Reach app is available on both Apple and Android devices, and can be accessed from just any any device, including your desktop or tablet.
As we continue to be a part of the EdTech community, and gain new insights into how the future of learning will unfold, it is our priority to uphold these three key values when developing solutions for the customers we serve.