Digital Transformation in Education: An Advantage or a Disadvantage?

Education Technology Insights | Friday, July 30, 2021

Due to the pandemic, E-learning platforms or smart classrooms are becoming even more common now. But it comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Fremont, CA: The digital transformation of education has reached its pinnacle. One common misconception about digital transformation is that it is primarily driven by technology. True, technology plays a role in digital transformation, but the essential aspect is how technology is used to transform.

According to Statistica, the global e-learning market is expected to exceed 243 billion dollars by 2022. We are looking at the prospect of smart classrooms as early as two years from now, thanks to developing technology like artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Advantages of smart classroom

The most significant benefit is remote learning, which is a big ask in today's scenario. With the online programs that are now available, the education sector is on the verge of smart education. Before COVID, e-learning had been used, such as pre-recorded classes for students with conflicting schedules or interactive learning.

Artificial simulations are also used by some institutions in engineering areas such as automotive and aerospace. Students can mimic their models of various automotive components using artificial intelligence, allowing them to test out motor parts without having to build them. They can proceed to develop a prototype once the simulation passes a test. This saves them time and resources, resulting in a much more efficient learning experience.

Disadvantages of smart classroom

Many parents and university students are concerned about smart classrooms' collaborative and social aspects. Because most communication is based on technology, there could be a communication barrier. One big problem of smart classrooms or technology taking over the education sector is that children in rural locations have restricted internet connectivity.

Physical constraints (for example, hills) and limited expansion and resources are among the many challenges that come with providing internet to rural areas. There is, however, a remedy to this issue. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and Private LTE both include customization possibilities, allowing users to tailor network installations to their specific needs.

Educational institutions require a large amount of capacity, which necessitates the use of cost-effective, high-speed internet. CBRS enables rural areas to be covered at a reasonable cost. CBRS-certified CPE can be used by educational institutions to provide high-speed wireless services across campus infrastructure and even for faraway students.

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