Education in the 21st Century-online learning

Education in the 21st Century

Online Learning

Education in the 21st Century is very much going down the path of online learning due to new developments in technology. Alongside this, there is a new expectancy that educators will incorporate these advancements into the learning environment. This shift has changed the way in which educators work; they must include online learning to ensure their pupils are able to achieve success in a rapidly changing digital society Image result for Millennial Office Worker[]. The rise of the digital age and the influx of millennial workers poses a particular expectation on educators to move with the times, using the most up to date technology in classes. The rapid rate in which technology is advancing, ensures that teachers have to adapt to newer technologies quickly to avoid being left behind.


There are many positives associated with this digital evolution for teachers, students and even school governors. The implementation of digital resources is cost effective, due to the reduction in the need to purchase text books and other study materials. There is also the ability to update information contained online much quicker making it more efficient. This ensures that the most up to date resources are available to students. The online environment can be a more stimulating place than the traditional classroom. With the presence of both more interactive classes and a risk free online environment where they can make mistakes anonymously []. eLearning, whilst advancing with technology also advances with new governmental learning objectives of having individual learning plans for students, enabling them to work at their own pace. This ensures that students are working at the optimum level to their own abilities, and are not being left behind. Online learImage result for interactive classesning also has a more obvious effect, as well as learning about subject specific topics, the student gains the computer and internet skills which arise from using the digital resources. These are only some of the many positives associated with eLearning and the use of technology in classes. Further development could revolutionise teaching in new ways and ensure that students are taught in new and exciting environments.


Although there are many positives with this advancement in technology and the potential it has to improve learning; there are potential drawbacks. It is therefore unwise to become over reliant upon these advancements. If a malfunction occurs or simply if the technology stops working, what then? This can disrupt a class and cause learning to be inhibited. It may also be difficult for some teachers to adapt and they may struggle with the new technology or find older methods to be more efficient [].