Digital transformation in education system

by Bidita Rahman | Published: 00:00, May 09,2019


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DIGITAL transformation in education is the learning experience of both teachers and students that can improve their skills to create a more engaging and effective education process. The schools develop by way of active process in digital education, from kindergarten to Class XII, and access to earning resources in a less expensive way and creative thinking process. Young generation lives in the digital age and that digitisation is misused anyhow. But the importance of digital learning may help them to engage in education and shared experience and ideas in a transformative approach.
Promoting digital transformation process in schools means allowing students to access the benefits of their future and technically shaping their mind. Every district of Bangladesh can monitor the digital learning platform and allowing expert teachers in a different area can be trained with their knowledge to reach beyond the classroom. The flexibility of the new concept for the updated experience can begin with a small course online and the response can be observed. Digital transformation in school is the possibility to build learning modules in a faster way which can create a variety of practical learning materials that could satisfy a board range of needs for different competencies and different levels and roles of departments. And the unemployment rate can reduce because many competent and skilled teachers can get involved online or from home.
The education sector has seen a lot of technological changes in the past decades as new systems, platforms and applications have paved the way for new pedagogies and new ways of approaching the learning process. Now schools need to adopt technologies designed to help educators teach more comprehensively, which would enable students of all learning styles to grasp concepts at a deeper level.
In education, technology has become a great enabler rather than a roadblock. Digital whiteboards, mobile learning apps, tablet devices and more have become regular tools in classrooms, expanding teaching beyond the traditional stand-and-deliver lecture format and equipping digital-native students with the tools they are most comfortable interacting with.
Technology has many benefits in the classroom, from promoting a feeling of independence and empowerment to fostering socialisation and enabling creativity, not to mention problem solving and perseverance. And, as technology becomes increasingly critical in the job market, the students who understand and embrace technology will be well equipped to succeed down the road.
Technology has the power to support and transform education. Its reach is vast and it can change how students experience subjects and learn, make it easier for lecturers to prepare course content and help educational leaders to better manage budgets and deliver positive outcomes.
Digital transformation in education did not happen overnight. Resistance to change and reluctance to embrace new ways of teaching were collective. And although that thinking still exists, albeit to a lesser degree, most educational institutions today recognise the positive impact that technology can have on the learning process.
The use of digital tools such as augmented analytics will allow teachers to gather student insights far more quickly, in turn, helping to shape a more personalised experience that reflects the preferred style and pace of individual learners.
Online-based courses and programmes tend to offer cheaper options for learning than traditional education options. Brick-and-mortar learning institutions tend to provide real-time knowledge or study experience. Students can enjoy such things as using the library, sponsored school trips and dining in school.
As educators begin to embrace digital transformation, they will need to create digital campuses and take a closer look at how they blend their digital and physical learning experiences and environments. More tech-integrated and flexible spaces will take the place of traditional classrooms, offering students the opportunity to switch between individual and group work with ease and supporting them in their new tech-enabled learning behaviour.
The first phase of digital transformation in education was a relatively disjointed process, with schools dipping their proverbial toes into the cloud and web-based services, adding computers for student use and favouring digital textbooks via tablets over physical books. These initial steps have since become the baseline by which many schools now operate.
Now, the next wave of digital transformation involves the technologies that can take the educational experience even further. The Internet of Things, automation and adaptive learning are a few of the technologies poised to evolve the learning process also, mirroring digital transformation trends in other industries.
This new digital transformation builds upon the success that educational institutions have had with the first phase of digital transformation and continues to respond to new opportunities and new challenges in educating an increasingly diverse and digital-centric student population.
The new digital mentality focuses on customer demand. Our customers want to be able to access any information and get support for anything — whether that involves trading, account information, or tax statements. These tools serve to foster creativity, collaborative work and interaction while adapting to a significant need that is ultra-portability. And these modes of learning can make the training accessible to a higher number. Many French start-ups are interested in this topic: with the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the sharing of knowledge daily. With all the technological evolutions and the digital transformation, education and training are bound to evolve. Blackboard is excellent, but we need to adapt our knowledge to the current world with technological advances.
Today’s students who are digital natives have different learning styles than previous generations, partially because of the plethora of technology that they have been exposed to since birth. In the educational setting, technology can be a useful tool in helping to bridge the gap between the student and the subject matter through alternative ways of presenting information or activities that help to promote understanding.
Technology is also levelling the playing or learning field for students who have special needs or are non-traditional learners, by enabling them to learn in style or at a pace that works best for them. By providing the technological tools to help students excel, whether it is an online learning management system for self-directed learning or a mobile device that non-verbal student can use to communicate, schools are positioning all students for success.
The shift from the print to the digital is a profound transition in how human beings learn. It is more significant than the development of the printing press and its benefits spread much more quickly. Digital learning is powering seven benefits that are changing the opportunity set for teachers.
This increases their efficiency and productivity which makes them more engaging students; digital learning tools and technology sharpen critical thinking skills, which are the basis for the development of analytic reasoning. They also promote cooperation and teamwork which are essential skills in every aspect of life.
New digital tools and technologies such as visual, low-code platforms can help schools efficiently automate internal processes, streamline routine activities and enhance communication between students, teachers and parents. We speak about considerable efficiency changes that could change what employees do every day. It could make a significant difference by allowing educators to focus on students rather than paperwork.
Furthermore, the real life of education must change with the decade. The 21st century is the techno-revolutionary decade where every sphere of life can change with the process to develop more. So, the further factor of life and its going process need to adapt to the revolution needed.

Bidita Rahman is educational research assistant at St John’s University, New York.

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