Technology has been one of the major advancements in the 21st century. The ability to access information from anywhere at any time has helped a lot of people and businesses to develop. For developing countries, however, this has not been fully utilized, especially in the education sector. How can technology improve education in developing countries?
We will look at ways in which technology can be utilized to improve the learning standards in developing countries.
These days, a lot of universities and colleges, especially in developed countries have embraced online learning. This means that there is no need for a student to be physically present in the college/university to learn. Some of the courses offered online are actually FREE OF CHARGE. All you just have to do is create an account and you start studying.
To make it even more centralized, platforms have been formed which bring together these universities/colleges so that students don’t have to keep shifting from website to website to study. Such sites include coursera.org, udemy.com, 360training.com, udacity.com and many others. Students from developing countries can use these platforms to study, which helps them acquire more knowledge very fast.
Online local training
For the institutions in developing countries such as colleges/universities, adoption of technology to offer training online is an idea that they can also adopt, to help reduce the training period and increase the training reach. In addition, offering exams online can also help reduce the time taken to complete these exams, and also to get the results instantly. This will help increase the rate of skills development.
Right use of Youtube
Youtube is not just a video site for entertainment. It is full of rich content from universities, research institutions, schools as well as individual training. The content found on Youtube can be of very much help if used the right way. Students from developing countries can use these videos to self-train themselves in almost all areas of life.
Collaboration with students from developed countries
In this social media era, it is very easy to form collaborations all over the world. This creates an opportunity for students from developing countries, to get in touch with students from developed countries, and learn more skills, which will expand their knowledge and understanding of various subject matters.
Creating custom education solutions
As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention“. The fact that so many challenges exist for students from developing countries, in itself is a call for these students to come up with custom solutions to solve this education gap. Developing systems and software which will ease the transfer of knowledge such as bu use of simulations is just one way in which students can create custom education solutions.
Use of virtual reality solutions
Imagine yourself in a world where you see everything exactly the way you imagined it! This is what virtual reality enables you to do. By using virtual reality tools, developing countries can ignite the interest of students to go beyond their limits, by showing them how much potential there is in imagining and taking action. These would especially be so useful when used on students from high school and below.
There are of course even more ways in which technology can be used to transform education in the developing countries. Share your views here to help in making education better by using technology.