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Educational Technology: Its Role in International Education

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Key Takeaways:

  • Technology in education has made it possible for many classes worldwide to continue despite the pandemic and restrictions brought about by it.
  • Educational technology also has a huge role in making education more sustainable in a fast-changing world.
  • For institutions, technology helps promote a culture of innovation, facilitates global cooperation, and helps in recruiting more students worldwide.
  • For educators, technology helps them to be more productive and efficient with their teaching.
  • For international students, technology helps in the creation of a more personalized and more affordable learning.

Educational technology refers to the application of technology through tools such as apps, hardware, software, and other types of technological innovations to promote education and communicate knowledge. 


Educational technology or edtech has always been there, from computers, calculators, to projectors, and now, virtual reality, and other e-learning technology. Thus, one can say that it is also continuously evolving.


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how important edtech is in today’s world. Especially in international education, technology has made it possible for classes to continue via remote learning and amid the rapid changes the society and the education sector is facing. 


As more countries begin vaccinating their citizens, and as more economies and schools reopen, we can begin to evaluate the role of edtech not only in international education, but education in general.

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Role of Technology in Education

According to research by the World Economic Forum (WEF), it is evident that technology will be playing a huge role in all aspects of our lives. The 2017 research estimates that 65 percent of children in primary school will find themselves entering the labor market (when they become of age) in occupations that are not yet existing today.


The WEF research also estimates that there will be 1.5 million new digitized jobs by 2020. It’s important to note that the study was done before the pandemic, which has contributed to more jobs being conducted on digital or online platforms.


With this in mind, we can confidently say that technology will play an even bigger role in education, especially international education. But what does it do, exactly? 


Helps Facilitate Sustainable Education


It is not an exaggeration to say that technology became a lifeline for the education sector during the pandemic. What was before a valuable tool has become a major must-have that keeps institutions afloat. Technology has this capability to quickly adapt to the world’s challenges, which is important, because of how rapid those challenges usually are.  


This is reflected in how many tech companies are quick to adapt to the challenges in education, allowing institutions to have the tech they need to continue connecting educators with students, and students with other learners all over the world. Because of edtech, schools can keep on delivering knowledge, and students can continue learning no matter where they are in the world.


No wonder programs such as Zoom, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and so on have become popular during the pandemic. These programs serve as bridges between international students and academic institutions in different parts of the globe. It has also made collaboration between individuals easier.

Promotes a Culture of Innovation and Global Cooperation

The use of emerging technology in the education sector can help promote a culture of innovation. 


Many educators unfamiliar with emerging tech may not know what to do at first, or become uneasy at using different tech platforms. However, what institutions can do is to support their educators with continuous education and training. 


In turn, this can create a culture of innovation, where tech is not limited to the use of only those who know them. In addition, it can bring in different types of educators with diverse thinking and ideas. In fact, many educators have been using technology to engage their students more, through gamifying their lessons, by using virtual or augmented reality, videos, interactive digital learning, and so on. 


This creation of a culture of innovation is also not limited to educators and institutions themselves. In fact, educational technology can also facilitate global cooperation, which in turn, supports innovation in the education sector. 


In the past, global cooperation was only possible by working together in the same space. However, with our technology now, it has become possible for people from different parts of the world to work together. Through video conferences, easier content sharing, use of virtual reality, and other collaborative technology, they can work together in real time.

Wider Reach with Recruitment

For institutions, technology has been a huge help when it comes to recruitment. In fact, aside from face-to-face student recruitment, education agents and institutions are also able to use internet platforms, such as social media to connect with their future students. 


Also, institution websites, instead of just being a source of information, have also been used to engage and recruit students, especially international students. In fact, during the pandemic, instead of offering in-person campus tours, many universities have resorted to virtual tours, where more students overseas can have an immersive campus experience online.

Productive and Efficient Teaching

For educators, technology can also help with their efficiency in teaching because it brings in other types of methods in teaching, aside from just the traditional ones. For both educator and institution, this also means less spending on physical instructional materials. 


Engaging students through the use of edtech is also easier because most of them are always using their gadgets. In the United States for example, it was found out that teenagers use digital technology at least 9 hours a day. Since students are already using technology in their daily lives, why not take advantage of this and make their tech use a productive learning experience?


Also, institution websites, instead of just being a source of information, have also been used to engage and recruit students, especially international students. In fact, during the pandemic, instead of offering in-person campus tours, many universities have resorted to virtual tours, where more students overseas can have an immersive campus experience online.

Personalized and More Affordable Learning Opportunities

Edtech can help in the creation of different learning options for a more personalized type of learning. For example, aside from the traditional face-to-face classes, students can also opt for online learning, or a hybrid of those two. 


For international students, having other options through technology means more affordable international education. It is not a secret that studying abroad, especially in countries where the cost of living is also high, can be expensive. 


Edtech allows international students to take up courses online and still get an international degree. Some institutions also allow students to take up some courses in their home country and finish their studies abroad, significantly cutting down study costs.


Imagine getting a degree abroad without leaving the comforts of your home, or, by only spending half of your time abroad and half in your home country. With technology, this can be done easily. 


The world is continuously evolving, the same with international education and the needs of international students. It is up to education service providers to keep up with those changes, and the best way to do that is through the use of technology.

Learn more about education technology and international education and how MSM GMO integrates the two to provide education management services to partner institutions: https://msquaremedia.com

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