Whether it’s a quick DIY tip for in the home or a course to upskill in your career, most Aussies will find themselves jumping online at some point to learn something new. In the first quarter of this year, Aussies aged 18-24 watched an average of 22 hours of video a month on desktops and laptops and 9 hours of video on smartphones and tablets. In a digital world, education opportunities continue to advance thanks to developments in technology.
Technology developments on the NBN™ has led the way for an evolution in education throughout Australia. In a fast- moving and increasingly tech driven world, teachers are looking for innovative ways to drive engagement with their students. The ability to use digital tools, stream video content, and interact with students wirelessly has advanced thanks to the NBN™.
A unified broadband network allows schools around the country to build a curriculum on a strong foundation and integrate new learning techniques through the use of devices such as tablets and laptops into the classroom. For institutions in under-resourced areas that may not have the funding or access to ideas and education tools, the NBN™ network means instant access to resources and concepts from around Australia and the rest of the world.
The NBN™ also means access to a greater range of traditional education opportunities. For Australians living in remote areas, seeking new educational ideas and inspiration, or trying to fit their education around work commitments, students and teachers have an abundance of tools for home schooling, online tertiary courses, webinars, tests and even learning games. Mobile learning provides teachers and trainers with the ability to provide real-time interactive training to students using mobile devices. The Global mobile learning markets growth in recent years is clear from the expected increase from $7.98 billion in 2015 to $37.60 billion by 2020.
According to the nbn co ‘Digital Parenting Report’ 2016, 76% of parents surveyed believe that using the internet for homework, research or educational games helps to prepare children for the future.
For rural kids and families, broadband is essential to access the education resources that are readily available to the rest of the nation. Thanks to NBN™ Sky Muster™ and Fixed Wireless network services, students in regional and rural Australia are able to use the faster internet speeds of the NBN™ to access online education tools and learning materials such as portals, instant messaging and video chat, and email access. In fact, for distance education students, who are living deep in the outback hundreds of kilometres from the closest school, a reliable, fast internet connection is vital to their learning.
But that’s not all! High speed broadband is bringing forward an era of self-education and empowering Aussies to use online resources to develop their businesses, skills and hobbies with the global e-learning market expected to reach around $325 billion by 2025. Access to high speed internet has helped shape the Continuing Education landscape in Australia, moving away from the physical classroom and facilitating the move towards a virtual classroom. Aussies are looking to Continuing Education as an opportunity to enhance their understanding of areas outside their core career or to indulge in a course that supports their interests.
As technology continues to improve the developments in education will also continue to improve. Thanks to the NBN™, Australia has been able to enhance the education opportunities available to all Aussies, especially those in rural and remote areas.
What education opportunities have you been able to take part in thanks to the NBN™ network?