Once we entered the digital age, it became clear that we were here to stay. Technology is ever-growing and ever-changing the way we live our lives. It has led to innovation, extraordinary findings, and accessible connections — and it’s even impacted the world of education.
Today, it’s not uncommon to walk into a classroom and find students on their tablets or Chromebooks, studying the way they might have once with an expensive physical textbook. In today’s blog, let’s dive into how technology has changed the education landscape.
To offer comprehensive learning to students and young professionals, education must keep up with the modern world…and it has. Many technological innovations have been made in education, helping provide a more accessible or immersive experience for students. Some examples of technology in education examples include:
Rather than showing old videos or PowerPoint presentations, educators now often turn to 3D animated demonstrations. This is especially helpful when offering education in subjects that are very connected to the physical world — such as medicine. For instance, a 3D animated demonstration of the Heimlich maneuver can offer a clear picture of all the proper movements and even the length of time compared to a poster laying out pictures of the steps.
One step further is the innovation of immersive 3D environments. Often in practice with other students, nerves might get in the way of one’s performance. And certain tasks can’t safely be practiced with other actual human beings. But by creating an immersive virtual environment (IVE), students can interact with that 3D world and practice hands-on with virtual humans.
Gamification can offer motivation in learning, as well as hold the interest of students. When education is turned into a game, there are more immediate stakes and instant gratification for success. Modern technology has found a way to truly make learning fun by incorporating gamification that also effectively educates.
AI-driven knowledge bots help to streamline many processes, such as improving enrollment and student support, that were rather clunky in the past. These bots make it easy for students to enroll, schedule their classes, and receive answers to questions automatically at any time.
Many curriculums have begun to incorporate apps to enhance learning for students. Take, for instance, the MedCerts Anatomy & Physiology app. This app utilizes augmented reality to allow students to explore and experience human anatomy in a new way. The thought processes and learning outcomes sparked by this app align with the MedCerts Anatomy & Physiology curriculum. Studying is no longer a dry, abstract thing but an immersive experience.
Today's education landscape is vastly different from education ten years ago, and it’s likely to change as technology advances. Today, the technological innovations in the world of education have helped to create immersive experiences for students, allowing the information to make a stronger impact and stay with them for longer. If you’re looking for an immersive, technology-based learning experience, consider MedCerts programs.
Dana has over twenty (20) years’ experience in Allied Healthcare and Education, and currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for MedCerts where he is responsible for product vision and strategy, research, and development.
Dana joined MedCerts upon its founding in 2009, and has led the research, development, and production of the entire catalog of programs that have helped MedCerts transform the distance learning landscape. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and innovative instructional design practices, Dana and his team have pioneered the development of the MedCerts 12 Elements of eLearning. Each MedCerts program contains a proprietary blend of these engaging, interactive, and entertaining elements that effectively accommodate learners of all types. Dana is deeply in-tune with the needs of today’s healthcare employers and is an expert in careers and certifications related to allied health.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) degree from Valparaiso University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Davenport University. Dana is an avid sports fan and in his free time enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, knifemaking, and spending time with his family and pets.