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This week’s Education news selection brings you thoughts and opinions about how to start a videoconferencing program, what is the outcome of Ed Tech and how the Online Programs Managers market is predicted to evolve.
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Many colleges have had solid videoconferencing programs for years. K–12 schools have lagged, mainly because many lack the funds to dedicate full-time staff and acquire the needed technology. However, as costs decrease, school districts that lack resources can usually find the money to secure at least a basic setup. In many states, districts can apply for technology grants. Once administrators try videoconferencing, they’ll appreciate the wide range of speakers they can bring in and the topics they can cover, from history to current events and even complex subjects like math and computer science.
A recent Gallup survey shows that 89% of students in the U.S. use digital learning tools in school and 71% use such tools outside of school at least several days a week. More importantly, there is a broad consensus among teachers, principals, and administrators regarding several ways that digital learning tools add value to their instructional activities.
With education technology on the rise and some K-12 districts spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on tech, the need to evaluate these solutions only intensifies.
There is a growing demand to understand if the purchased solutions positively impact student learning, growth, and development, but measuring such outcomes is complex and nuanced.
The impact of a given educational experience can take years to fully manifest, and the number of confounding variables influencing a student’s learning environment are innumerable; not to mention, the debate around the purpose of education grows louder and more muddled by the day.
The Online Programs Managers (OPM) market is expected to reach $7.8 billion by 2025 at the global level. As it is expanding, its nature is also evolving as educational institutions - expanding online - are assessing the OPM’s consequences for their independence, students’ data protection and programs costs:
“ Should a college hand over total control of its online programming to a third party, or work with them piecemeal as it builds its own OPM capabilities?”
The resource explores potential scenarios for the future of this market.
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. firstname.lastname@example.org
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