Online degrees have started to become more popular in recent years, with more and more people deciding to take them over traditional degrees. As such, if you want to find out whether they will overtake traditional in-person learning completely, read on for more information.
One of the best aspects of online degrees is that they allow students to personalize their learning and learn in their own way. For instance, lecture halls and seminar rooms can be overstimulating to some people, and others might simply prefer to learn independently. Not only this, but distance learning allows individuals to learn however quickly or slowly they need to, without worrying about the needs and pace of the rest of the class. As such, to find out the online learning options that are available to you and to take advantage of these benefits, you should consider looking at courses like the Graduate Intelligence Studies Program that they have at Point Park University.
Another of the greatest elements of online degrees and one of the reasons why they might be preferred to traditional learning in the future is the fact that they are extremely accessible. Online degrees allow individuals to access all of the educational resources that they need and to study for a course whether or not they are in the same area as the university. This means that they can study for a degree even if they live abroad or in a remote location, as long as they can get internet access. Not only this, but people are able to take online degrees even if they have other commitments, such as children or a job, which means that more people can get the education that they want and deserve.
The Pandemic Effect
The pandemic effect has made a future filled with online degrees even more likely. There was a great increase in the number of people learning online throughout the pandemic, when colleges and university campuses were shut and people were reluctant to sign up for a traditional college course, and this increase has been maintained. As such, now that the systems are in place and people are more used to online learning and the way that it works, online degrees may become more common. Not only this, but this could prevent disruption from future pandemics.
Not only this, but now people are less shy about taking online degrees because employers are more respectful of these types of qualifications and value them more. As such, since an online degree has the potential to boost their careers, many people are now deciding that taking an online degree is worth it, especially since they are often less costly than traditional options and cause less disruption to their lives.
As such, there is a great possibility that online degrees will become the future of learning, or at least that blended courses will become more common, and that, eventually, many more people, especially mature students, will be opting to take online degrees.
EdTech Unicorn EEO to Build a Globally Connected Lifelong Learning Ecosystem
On July 20th, EdTech unicorn EEO opened a new office in Seoul, Korea. EEO is in partnership with over 60,000 institutions across more than 150 countries, hosting 20 million users. As global businesses expand, EEO, parent company of ClassIn, announced plans to move the overseas headquarter to Singapore in the second half of 2022. The company will proceed to further localization and serve its clients from bases in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Philippines.
“Korea as a country highly values education, and with the pandemic, educators are picking up on the major impact education technologies have on the development of education,” Jaeeun Im, country manager of Korea at EEO, maintained. “We are witnessing increasing demands in the market for professional education products like ClassIn.”
Jaeeun expressed high expectation for the launch of ClassIn in Korea. She introduced that ClassIn’s interactive classroom is equipped with more than 20 teaching tools, an IM system, assignment and exam functions, as well as a backend school management dashboard. Additionally, it has been proven in numerous learning scenarios across 150 countries that ClassIn helps deliver more effective and personalized instruction. A well-rounded interactive virtual classroom, ClassIn not only brings engagement and creativity to online learning, but it also affords the innovation of different class designs and pedagogies through hybrid methods.
In the meantime, ClassIn is undergoing an exciting round of iteration. After eight years of exploration into hybrid learning, EEO believes that “The true value of hybrid learning lies in connecting students to the real world and diverse schools of thought, prompting more discussion and reflection. In turn, students are equipped to break down physical and cognitive barriers to exploring the unknown.” Designed with a firm grasp on the learning process, the new and improved ClassIn will support hybrid learning environments, prioritize discussions and collaborations, enable formative assessments, and give rise to long-lasting learning communities. In particular, users will be part of the ClassIn Learner Hub, where both independent and community-based learning are supported with abundant learning materials and evaluation methods.
Looking to work with global educators to reach a more inclusive and equitable future in education, EEO is committed to continuously improving its products. Specifically, the company will update ClassIn with regard to valuable customer feedback, creating an enriched teaching experience for educators and supporting students on the path of lifelong learning.
Next Generation Learning: Taiwan Reimagines Educational System with Smart Technology
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, online teaching and learning have become the norm for students and teachers around the world. Recognizing the role technology plays in the virtual classroom, Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (IDB) has worked with local enterprises to use smart technology to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all as part of the Smart City Taiwan project.
Led by the IDB, “Smart City Taiwan” was designed to accelerate the development of smart learning technologies as a means to address systemic challenges related to the inequality and divergence of education. Smart City Taiwan encompasses four projects covering three key areas: Webduino, an intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) platform that allows students interested in programming to start learning sooner and with more convenience; the VoiceTube and LiveABC English education platforms; and NUWA Robotics for early childhood education.
“Given COVID-19’s major disruption to education globally, technology for virtual learning is the most significant application and effective solution to the revival of education. With government support, Taiwanese enterprises can challenge more possibilities, pursue more creative ideas, and actively build comprehensive and sound systems for the future,” said the representative of the Smart City Taiwan Project Office.
Taiwan offers flexible and effective learning solutions for students
Developed by Kingkit Technology Co., Ltd., Webduino makes programming more accessible for the next generation of digital talents. Students can develop a simple programming system through an easy-to-understand and easy-to-operate drag-and-drop interface and immediately see the outcomes — cultivating a sense of accomplishment whilst also familiarizing themselves with programming concepts.
With globalization connecting the world, English is an essential future skill. VoiceTube turns English education videos into textbooks so that students can learn using their preferred senses with either audio or visuals. In addition, the platform analyzes big data to enhance the effectiveness of learning with personalized courses suited to each student’s individual needs.
Meanwhile, LiveABC leverages augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to break the boundaries of the traditional classroom and has been rolled out in several elementary schools across the country. LIVEABC enables students to experience different English language learning scenarios any time, in any setting with AR. At the same time, LiveABC uses VR to simulate real-life conversations, allowing students to incorporate English into their daily lives in an engaging and effective way.
Taiwan is also exploring the use of robotics to meet social and developmental needs in early childhood education. In an industry-leading move, NUWA Robotics has created humanoid robots with multiple gamification applications that assist preschool children with learning in those crucial foundational years. By combining a vast library of educational resources with AI analysis of a child’s learning history, NUWA robots provide diversified learning experiences adapted to each child’s unique learning style — all while offering a sense of companionship to children.
As online learning becomes the “new normal”, IDB will continue to work with local companies to ensure they are prepared for the future. By utilizing new technologies, Taiwan will continue to improve the quality, practicality, and capabilities of knowledge sharing in educational practices.
About Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs
The Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs has been running the Smart City Taiwan project since 2018. Smart City Taiwan aims to utilize all types of smart technologies (such as IoT, Big Data, and AI) to effectively integrate local, industry, and civilian needs. The project speeds up collaboration and integration between cities and towns to drive local and country innovation. To date, Smart City Taiwan has deployed 224 projects covering six major aspects including agriculture, education, healthcare, transportation, tourism, and governance.
Chinese EdTech Unicorn EEO Joins Hands with Peking University — Redesigning learning experiences for the new digital-forward model of education
In July, 2022, with the support of EEO’s hybrid technologies, Peking University successfully concluded the first academic year of its Global Open Courses Program in partnership with a list of distinguished institutions, including Tokyo University, Nanyang Technology University, Moscow State University, Waseda University, University of Granada, Osaka University, Ritsumeikan University, Chulalongkorn University, Cornell University, and Cairo University.
EEO was founded in 2014 with the purpose of building an inclusive and student-centered learning ecosystem through the power of technology. Since 2019, EEO and Peking University joined hands to collaborate on digitizing physical learning environments, constructing specialized archeology classrooms, and adopting hybrid learning methods. It is a nonstop journey for EEO and Peking University to explore how to better motivate students and support educators in experimental teaching strategies. The project of Global Open Courses Program focuses on how hybrid learning gives rise to an enriched learning experience and expands learning communities.
Hybrid learning, a method that incorporates hybrid technologies and open educational practices, has witnessed increasing adoption in K12 and higher ed institutions globally. Teaching Economics as part of the Global Open Courses Program, Professor Huang Yiping successfully engaged students in the classroom and those joining virtually with group discussions and activities.
“Our professor came up with eight topics for discussion, encouraging us to form groups with students overseas. And we have been keeping in close touch with students online as well,” Li Yipin, a student in Professor Huang’s class, reported.
For many, the program’s hybrid courses placed vast learning resources within reach. With abundant course offerings, students had extensive opportunities to explore emerging topics with a cohort coming from diverse background.
The platform of choice, ClassIn, is an all-in-one solution for online and hybrid learning with interactive virtual classrooms, a school management backend system, student learning reports, and more. Currently under internal testing, the product will support more innovative teaching methods by transforming into an LMS, a platform that caters to each step of the learning process in addition to the already powerful synchronous in-class interaction.
It is evident that EEO’s product family is designed with the consideration of scientific methods, masterful teaching, and lifelong learning. ClassIn, one of the first online classrooms in the world, was released in 2015. Building on feedback from educators and in-depth research, EEO released ClassIn X, a new hybrid solution for the new era. The company is also in the process of developing TeacherIn, a curriculum co-construction platform. It helps teachers find like-minded partners, with whom they can design and share lessons.
As of now, EEO has partnered with more than 60,000 institutions around the globe and expressed great passion to collaborate with international educators and institutions, sparking the creativity of teachers and creating innovative learning experiences for students.
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