Can businesses benefit from the rise of technology usage in primary and higher education?
Students today are introduced to technology-aided learning at a very young age. Besides that informational apps popping up for preschoolers and the availability of digital learning content, the practice of actually using tablets, augmented reality, and eLearning in the classroom is redefining education.
Even in the most developed countries, this universal application and studied best practices still have a long way to go, but we are heading toward this change at broadband speeds (Apple iSchool? – good article).
The kind folks at learnstuff.com put together a great infographic easily displaying just how much technology is being applied at all levels of education, and the outcomes (I get to the original question about businesses below the infographic):
Seeing the increase in book consumption with the use of tablets (maybe even higher if you consider all digital devices) shows that this technology is helping educators build frameworks that are more accepted by learners.
Are businesses doing the same?
These students will become employees. They have been trained on, and are comfortable with, learning technology.
Business can now, easily and affordably, leverage new learning management technology to reduce the costs associated with training and increase employee engagement, productivity and collaboration. Best of all, employees are now more receptive to such productive uses of learning technology in the workplace because of their experiences with it in their classrooms and due to the popularity of social media.
This may be a new territory for many businesses, but it is a trend that will continue to become more commonplace because of the bottom-line benefits. There are even solutions available that make it very easy to get started.
I recommend checking out the learning management system (LMS) that was built from the ground up with social learning technology for the workplace in mind – TOPYX®. TOPYX was just voted 2012′s “Best Social Learning System” and it is available for a flat, subscription fee. That means that there are no per seat or per user or per usage fees.
Education systems will continue to benefit from the use of learning technology. Businesses can do the same.
Jeffrey A. Roth
Vice President, Marketing and Communications