Considering the large growth of the Online Learning System worldwide, my subject this week is Technology Trends to Support Online Learning, which I believe is one of the most important topics in innovation these times.
Electronic learning or E-learning is defined by Innovative Learning as a term used to define a learning system supported by technological devices and through the Internet. Nowadays we can have a friendly experience on learning using electronic devices like iPad, for instance, which allows an interactive and smarter way to learn.
In numbers, today, e-Learning is a $56.2 billion industry, and it’s going to double by 2015, (E-Learning Industry, 2014). As the statistics only directs to be larger and larger in terms of growth, so, what can be done to support online learning using technological resources and devices?
Mobile Learning is one of the most important ways to support e-learning nowadays. Mobl21 defines it, as “Mobile learning is the ability to obtain or provide educational content on personal pocket devices such as PDAs, smartphones and mobile phones” (Mobl21, 2014). Devices like Tablets and Smartphones can be found anywhere and with very good prices, making it accessible for all kinds of social classes, and we need to consider, that mobile devices will become cheaper and cheaper with the technology advances in the next years.
Technically, Cloud Computing is a very important topic about mobile technologies, considering that most mobile device systems are connected to a backend server, which stores user data and makes it available at any device the users want to use. The way as the Cloud Technologies become cheaper and more accessible, it will be easier for educational companies to offer high-accessibility solutions only IT giants (such as Google and Apple) can offer nowadays.
Security in the Mobile and Cloud Computing context is another very important concern in mobile technology. MOBIO, for instance, is a concept is to develop new mobile services secured by biometric authentication means (Mobio Project, 2014). Face and voice recognition will allow more security, for mobile devices, considering that a malicious user could easily handle a stolen or lost device.
I personally believe in the next few years the clearest trends are the development of the Cloud and Mobile technologies, with a high impact with the price decrease and the adaption of the current architectures to the mobile and cloud context. Security and High-Speed network for mobile devices will support the successful transition to this new environment, which will allow spreading the high-quality education worldwide with e-learning.
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Mobile Learning Basics [Online]. Available from: http://www.mobl21.com/Basics_Of_Mobile_Learning.pdf (Accessed: July 13, 2014).
MOBIO – Mobile Biometry Technology [Online]. Available from: http://www.mobioproject.org/ (Accessed: July 13, 2014).