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
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
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