I guess it isn’t difficult now to relate technology with online education. Online education has grown from an infant to a teenager and then to an adult along with the growth of technology. Now is the time when even the traditional “brick and mortar” principle following schools are implementing technology in their teaching methods. Technology is the building brick of the online education system. It enhances the capabilities of an online institution in imparting education more effectively and efficiently.
Technology in online education is not just limited to means used for delivering lectures and checking assignments and papers, but is more far spread. The introduction of Medias like blogs, wikis and forums etc has added the cherry on the icing. Students now communicate with other students from all over the world. They showcase their talents on these blogs and forums. Their talents can be in the forum of articles, researches, journals, designs etc Blogs and forums allow all sort of material to be showcased. This way, students reach a much wider horizon. The chances of their talents being recognized and appreciated increases without approximate. They not only share their information but also learn a lot from other students views and additions. They learn to improve. They are faced with more job opportunities than ever.
Technology also improves social networking. The internet, the biggest venture of technology, is a place where people come from all over the world. One particular site may have visitors from Kuwait, Malaysia, Africa, Honolulu and where not! Using the social networking sites specially tailored for students, they can participate in online classes, debate with experts and other students. This way they increase their opportunities for jobs as well.
The next advent of technology, the mobile phone technology, virtual worlds and educational gaming technology have just come into scenario. However these three ventures are predicted to be the next boost to online education. How? This will be seen probably in a very less time. May be just after a couple of years from today, we will be talking about imparting education through mobile phones! Remember this is a technology world now. Nothing is impossible. One thing termed impossible today may be difficult after 10 years and very easily possible after the next 10 years! Technology doesnt remain the same for more than a decade. It advances faster than any other thing.
Thus distance education will also grow with the same speed as technology. They both are interrelated. So as online education is growing with every leap of technology, why dont you check out a topic that appeals you the most? This is the best time for it.