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Dec, 2016

Internet of Education

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It was a historical moment as the digital revolution took place between the late 1950s and late 1970s as the world got introduced to digital computers and digital data storage. Ever since technology has continued to change and transform the world for the better. Notably, the internet revolution occurred in the late 1960s. Together these revolutions have given birth to ‘Internet of Things’.

Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices which have a unique IP address which is for internet connectivity due to which they communicate with other physical objects. Gradually IoT has managed to rope in many devices which have internet connectivity including smartphones, tablets, etc. Basically, every device which has the capacity of communicating with other devices via the internet is connected to the network of devices called IoT.

Statistically, the presumption is that by 2020, more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet. Each of these connected devices will be transmitting data via the internet to the cloud. That’s “smart technology” which is used in devices, cities, etc., to give users a smart service or experience. We might not have to wait for long to see smart cars, smart homes, smart offices as they are either in development phase or have already entered the market.

How has IoT changed education? IoT has significantly transformed education by giving it an internet-based and technology-driven method of learning called ‘e-learning’. e-Learning is when learning happens with the help of electronic media and the internet.

Education has been modified thanks to the introduction of e-learning. With the help of IoT, education can now reach more students than before. Anybody with access to the internet can be trained or educated by a professor who stays a thousand miles away.

e-Learning industry has bloomed exponentially courtesy the multiple benefits it offers to professors and students. Professors find that teaching has become more convenient for them. They design a curriculum adding multimedia into it to make knowledge delivery interesting and easy to grasp for students. Also, e-learning enables them to reach across the globe and teach any student through internet by uploading their course content online through an online Learning Management System (LMS). As far as students are concerned, LMS gives them the freedom to browse through every e-learning course available on the internet and choose as per their requirement. Not to forget the leisure of completing these self-paced courses from the comfort of their homes.

With e-learning industry predicted to experience a revenue of $120 billion by 2017, it has already become a lucrative industry to invest in. The percentage of corporations keen on training their employees via e-learning has increased by 13% which is why the need for best learning management software has also increased simultaneously. Owing to this, white-labelling of learning management system will see a rise in demand soon.

e-Learning has ensured that nobody ever experiences regret of not being able to learn a skill or gain specific knowledge due to unavailability of such a course in their geographical location or due to the shortage of time. This e-learning effect has resulted in a decrease of in-person training by a significant margin of 75%.

To add to this, here are some more changes caused by IoT:

  1. Tablet devices used by students in a classroom to create presentations and share it with the rest of the class through the interconnectivity. This way, with the internet, students can bring the world outside into the classroom at will.
  2. Schools can save money by implementing IoT for enhanced automation and monitoring of the school.
  3. IoT can be used by schools in their own customized and creative ways to teach students.
  4. With the help of IoT, it is possible to ensure an ideal atmosphere for students to attend school with better focus and attention without being bothered by climatic changes.
  5. For research work, researchers can accumulate data conveniently as all devices within the school or college campus are interconnected.

IoT will continue to impact education in ways which we probably have not conceptualized yet since it can be creatively used for endless purposes depending upon the need of the educational institute.

Just the way the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) was coined by Peter T. Lewis during a speech he gave in 1985, it’s only fair to devise a term for the impact of IoT on education which is a revolution in the making.

Let’s call it Internet of Education (IoE) !

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