The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has caused the abrupt closure of schools and job training centres across the globe. According to UNESCO, over 1.5 billion students worldwide were not able to attend school during the outbreak. Therefore, many students turned to online learning in lieu of classroom learning. The need for online education has become unprecedentedly urgent. Technology seems to be the sole remedy for this dilemma.
Intertwining Education with Technology
Online learning is no longer an implausible dream for students of this generation via video conferencing applications and e-learning platforms. In no doubt, they can help students learn without feeling left out amid the pandemic. However, maintaining student motivation and learning experience become the most critical challenge of online learning. Virtual Reality (VR) could be the solution to maintain the learning quality. It devises a virtual space where students from all over the world can collaborate and communicate with each other.
For learning institutions, the new normal of learning has transformed classroom teaching into more effective, remotely available and student-centered education strategy, which successfully empowered digital transformation in education. With the support of Cloud Computing technologies, institutions can enjoy all the benefits of online learning while eliminating IT infrastructure setup cost and minimizing the effort of setting up digital platforms. On the whole, Education Technology (EdTech) has provided teachers and students with innovative digital support not only during pandemic, but also in the future of increasingly tech-savvy generation.
Cybersecurity in EdTech
The benefits of technology always come with the drawbacks of it. Along with the prevalence of online learning, video conferencing applications and e-learning platforms are becoming more vulnerable to cyberattacks. “Zoombombing” (a disruptive intrusion by hackers into a video conference call) occurred when the world began to use video conferencing for continuing remote learning and business at the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak.
To prevent cybersecurity threats, a reliable information security solution with network threat detection and mitigation can be the panacea. With a stable and secure private network, schools and other learning institutions can ensure a dedicated and secure connectivity to lower the risk of cyberattacks and safeguard sensitive data (such as student’s personal information) from data breach.
The future of Education Technology
The development of EdTech will surely escalate in this ever-evolving world of technology. The more intensified applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will help teachers better monitor students’ learning progress, and further promote personalized learning and on-demand learning. 5G, the next-generation network, will further expand the capabilities of educational robotics and VR learning, thereby reshaping the entire learning experience.
In the meantime, the importance of network stability, cloud computing technologies and cybersecurity issues should never be overlooked in order to realize the full potential of EdTech. All these are powerful resorts to maximize the effectiveness of e-learning and minimize emerging cyber threats.
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