Academic digitalization: Is it the way to go?

As an online academic resource, the Distance Teaching and Mobile Learning (DTML) offer both students and mentors across the world with a free portfolio to engage on various academic disciplines. The program is leveraged on the basis that there is a huge gap to be filled in the education sector due to high demand and lack of quality teachers mostly in the regions of Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Is the world ready to embrace information technology in academic curriculums? Imagine sitting in a classroom where there is no physical presence of a tutor to guide you through various academic schedules or a situation where all classwork assignments and exams are administered online.

Although to some of us this paradigm may seem fancy and trendy, pertinent issues for consideration such as the credibility and reliability of the underlying technological frameworks remains critical.

 In order to establish if the world is fully prepared to engage a digitalized education, a balance must be created between the potential benefits visa-vie the new paradigm’s shortcoming. In this aspect, the new technological paradigm in the education industry is mostly internet based. 

Based on the Internet live stats, about 40% of the globe can access a stable internet connection. The youth and students have also been identified as the major benefactors from the Internet usage in previous studies. Contrary to the traditional known usage of the internet such as a source for entertainment, today the rise of online sites like DTML have made it a resourceful knowledge center for scholars, students, and mentors.

According to the UNICEF, the adoption of technological programs in the education sector among developing countries like India, Egypt, Pakistan, Mexico, South Sudan, and the Philippines has helped improve both teacher’s training and classroom performance.

For a successful incorporation of digital frames in education, certain fundamental principles like planning and designing of courses, capacity building to handle the new systems, infrastructure and price, proper pre-testing, local designs among others, needs to be scaled.

 Advantages of digital literacy

 The advantages of technology are diverse and as such that they have a reliably positive direct impact on various educational curriculum. Today, online platforms like YouTube and Google Search Engine have been connoted to be ‘leading world universities’ or academic resource centers. For example, a student can get a full tutorial from YouTube.

The internet as a resource can be used to effect interactions amongst students and tutors through information sharing. Relationships in this regard are essential for handling complex or dynamic projects and among other issues. Since they are closely linked with the real world’s context, most information from the internet or video envisages the real-life experiences by students. These imaginations are not only vital educational resources, but also could be used to motivate the receptors on being positive about life.  

Thanks to the new technological advancements, new education terminologies such as ‘distance learning have cropped up.' Such programs not only have made easier the work of teachers and training institutions but also have enhanced their capability to host higher industrial demands.   

For students, curriculum schedules like distance learning have facilitated their ability to attend any school of their choice globally at a cost friendlier fashion, since it eliminates major expenditures such as boarding fees, transport and other expenses. Moreover, it inspires some sense of self-discipline and flexibility whereby a student operates outside an extensive level of an academic institution’s schedule.   

 Nevertheless, to create a balance on the subject head, regardless of them being resourceful educational tools, technologies can derail the progress, credibility, or authenticity of various academic fields. Moreover, the system has been criticized for eliminating the aspect of interpersonal engagements between teachers and students and even amongst the students. Some fields of specialization require some illustrations or technicalities which can only be achieved in a classroom, therefore to some extent a complete digitalization of education could compromise the quality of student’s output.

To sum up, digital literacy programs is the way to go. The rise of a resourceful online academic site like the DTML is an indication of the paradigm shift. Though it possesses some level of setbacks to the education sector, its viability to make the system more accommodative, reliable and affordable makes it the best bet.

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