The Future of E-Learning and EdTech

07 June 2021

Decreasing the “Digital Divide”

The pandemic has brought a huge light to the problem of the “digital divide”. Globally there exists a large gap between those with reliable internet connectivity and those that don’t have it. As services become increasingly digital, the divide in connectivity will only increase, as well as the decrease in access to necessary digital services. For the most part educational institutions have transitioned to online learning in the wake of the pandemic. And though E-learning has helped to fill a valuable gap when in-person-learning had become unsafe, there are many students who have struggled over the past year do in no small part because of the lack of reliable internet connection. The future of e-learning hinges on the ability for students and educators to be properly connected with one another. E-learning path forward will require the democratization of education, which will include making mobile educational services available to those most vulnerable in our society. It will also mean building the infrastructure necessary to support internet access for more of the general public, especially those in rural and urban areas with low internet connectivity or slow internet connections.

Privacy and E-learning

The future of E-learning will also be affected by our ability to ensure personal privacy and safety when using digital platforms. As it stands today, there is not much regulation on the data that E-learning platforms and learning management systems (LMS) are and are and are not allowed to keep. As we increasingly turn to digital services not only to supplement us in the interim of the pandemic but increasingly so permanently, there will be a need for legislation and policies to be created to ensure the data privacy and safety of these platforms end-users.

AI and E-Learning

As Artificial Intelligence continues to become a more popular tool that can be applied practically in the digital space, it has become essential to delivering necessary services to administrators and end users of LMS. AI has made the learning environment much more accessible through the use of AI-powered features such as speech-to-text translation, automated subtitling of live speech, and virtual assistants. AI will also help to personalize online learning more by leveraging user data to hep design coursework that fits users unique learning styles and study habits. With AI-backed LMS, courses can be created with digital content that is far more appealing and effective for learners. It can also help with the transition towards hybridized classes by allowing educators and students to stay connected to each other whether they are in the classroom or online.

Maria is a writer at Enki Tech, a Downtown Santa Monica technology company that specializes in the development of high-quality, user friendly software, web platforms and mobile apps.