by Jeffrey Singman, SVP Sales and Marketing, Kandy Communications
Since the designation of Covid-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we have witnessed the unprecedented, nearly instantaneous transition from physical face-to-face learning encounters to online learning. The pandemic thoroughly accelerated the use of digital technology in education, with the number of students using online learning hitting new records.
From kindergarten, all the way up to the postgraduate level, schools around the world were forced to quickly shift to online remote learning with the use of digital collaboration platforms to ensure students could still receive their education. A Statista report found that 45 percent of elementary school students used remote learning during 2020, with the numbers being 64 percent for middle schoolers, 63 percent for high schoolers, and a staggering 97 percent for undergraduate college students.
What we’ve learned as a society – change IS good!
Now, even as vaccines roll out and the pandemic seems to be coming to an end, remote learning will not be going away anytime soon. Schools, teachers, students at all levels are truly starting to recognize the benefits a remote learning educational experience has over the traditional in-person experience.
To start, remote learning provides a much more flexible educational experience for both students. Many teachers today will record the lesson for the day and later upload it to a class website. This gives students who are unable to attend a class the ability to watch the lesson and experience themselves instead of simply copying someone’s notes.
Online education also offers a much more diverse borderless education.
Students from all over the world can apply and enroll in classes, providing students with the chance to network with peers across nations or even different continents. This often leads to other opportunities in terms of collaboration with other individuals in the implementation of a project. At the same time, it makes them culturally sensitive and able to fit into other environments easily, given their exposure to other cultures.
Remote education offers an extremely customizable learning experience, allowing students to individualize their education so that it suits their needs and desires. Online classes tend to be smaller than conventional class sizes, with some online learning platforms only allowing one student at a time. In almost all cases, this allows for greater interaction and more feedback between student and teacher.
Robust interconnected collaboration technologies can expand the educational horizons of students across the world and next door!
An online college education could give students access to specialized degree courses that may not be available in an easily accessible or local institution of learning.
That said, with online education, there often is access to very diverse material such as videos, photos, and eBooks. Tutors can also integrate other non-traditional formats like forums or discussions to improve the reach of their lessons. And this extra content is available at any moment from anywhere, which will offer our next generation of students a more dynamic and tailor-made education.
How can students harness that unprecedented momentum right now?
At Kandy, we envision the potential that technology and distance learning holds across the education industry – providing a portfolio of tools offering real-time access and collaboration services benefiting educational organizations.
Our Kandy Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS)solution builds upon our APIs and SDKs on our cloud, leveraging them, making communications, and connecting students and teachers for advancements in learning better and easier.
Kandy’s CPaaS allows schools and teachers to provide a quality educational experience to students of all ages. Our solutions offer seamless voice applications and optimized audio quality combined with high-quality, low-latency video with scalable resolution. Using our tools allow teachers and students the ability to communicate clearly in real-time.
Exam assistance and real-time assignment feedback can help students and teachers always be on the same page, and video chat rooms of anywhere from 10 to 150 teachers and students can benefit from the boosted audio and video quality.
Online education has grown over the last few years, and with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has experienced mainstream acceptance. The landscape of learning has changed – does your online learning experience expertly handle the new terrain and accelerate your students forward?