In PwC Canada's Digital Education survey,
1,900+ parents, teachers and students shared their opinions on Canada's educational system and how to improve it. Implementing digital education tools topped the list for the following reasons:
- More personalized learning;
- Quicker access to new and updated course materials;
- More flexibility in choosing courses, and
- Lower the cost of post-secondary education.
The study found digital education also has the potential to improve collaboration and personalized learning, and ultimately, better prepare students for the entering the workforce.
Of course the digital age has changed everything – from how and where we get and share information, to how and where we work. But when I look at the impact that it’s had on education, I see just how much it’s changed not only how and where we learn, but it’s also given us something we never have enough of – time. More time for work, hobbies, family or volunteering.
As a recent Queen’s University grad, I have seen first-hand how technology has very quickly redefined how students learn, interact with faculty and fit education into their otherwise very busy lives.
For me, having access to multiple online classes made it so much easier to get my degree. During the school year, taking online courses gave me extra time to volunteer, spend time with my friends, and explore the historic city of Kingston. It also allowed me to move back home for the summer, where I was able to work while I finished my degree. Many of my courses didn’t even have textbooks. Everything was accessible on the web, or I could just buy the materials online and read them on my iPad. Virtual learning makes education so much more accessible to everyone – especially students who work, have families or can’t travel to the school.
How has your school incorporated digital learning tools and how have you benefited from it? Share a comment below.