Globally, technology is revolutionising the way education is experienced, consumed and purchased.
Growing connectivity and urbanisation across developed and developing countries is boosting participation in formal and non-formal education. Internet access has improved, along with user interfaces and the content and services provided in online environments.
Service delivery is also enriching the experiences of learners who are studying in traditional 'on-campus' modes. Data analytics and alternative platforms allow learners to adapt content to their own personal learning style.
This is where technology and consumer demand meet.
Education is evolving
There is increasing:
- Emphasis on skills and capabilities and decreasing emphasis on acquiring a body of knowledge. This is connected to a rise in the significance of credentials relative to qualifications
- Power for individuals to curate their own learning, while the power of institutions as gatekeepers of knowledge is decreasing
- Focus on rapid acquisition and application of skills to meet employer needs and the pace of economic transformation
- Global mobility – producing global citizens less defined by national experience
- Competition and the need to vie for the attention and interest of learners