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As expected, this week’s news is still all about distance learning and the challenges and opportunities faced by the different actors (students, school boards, providers of education technology services).
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School boards play a critical role when it comes to implementing new initiatives such as educational technology programs and deployments. They typically hold the purse strings for K–12 school districts and are responsible for making sure funds are allocated in a way that best meets district needs and learning objectives. If administrators and IT leaders want to improve collaboration with board members on tech-driven initiatives, they must understand how school boards view educational technology and brainstorm ways to best support the decisions they make for their district.
Explore data about distance learning: tech trends in eLearning (going mobile, Immersive technologies, interactive video, big data, AI), what online learners share and the opportunities and challenges awaiting, as this market will reach $300 billion market value in 2025.
As millions of students shift quickly toward online education due to the coronavirus pandemic, concerns arise about student data privacy. The types of data that can be collected include personally identifiable information, biometric data, academic progress, behavioral, disciplinary and medical information, students’ geolocation, IP addresses used by students, classroom activities and so on. It goes without saying that potential exploitation and inappropriate use of such data may have serious privacy and safety implications, and calls for proper data protection should be in order.
The majority of education institutions expect to be worse off in the long and short term as a result of coronavirus. A global survey (700 respondents) however reveals that accelerating the digital transformation would allow lessening the impact of a drop in face-to-face enrolments.
Here are some of the trends :
in the short term, 50% of providers of education technology services expect to be worse off, a third expect to be better off due to the pandemic,
40% respondents signalled they expect less demand going forward,
40% respondents expect an increase in enrolment and demand in the next six months.
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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