Digital media and its impact on education in Asia

Technology has made its foray into the academic world with the process of the digitization of education which is aimed at the overall development of human resources of a country. As a result, this process is currently being embraced by almost all the countries of the world, including that of the developing countries of South Asia. Among them, Singapore leads in what has been the result of a positive outcome of increasing digitization. In fact, it has started developing the education system technically since 1997. The sole purpose is to make the teaching and the education system pragmatic and coherent.

With this view, three “Masterplan” were set up in the country in order to make the education system be more digitally driven and technology-centric.

1) In the first Masterplan, the target was to allow the students to use the computer for 30% of their curriculum time with every two students being equipped with one computer in fully-networked schools.

2) The second Masterplan aimed to make the teachers equipped with Information Technology so that they can use it to promote teaching and learning.

3) The third Masterplan will be launched with making the students learn every aspect of the knowledge economy so that they can become an important resource for the country’s economy.

But the educationists also warned that only digitizing the textbook or making their printable versions available online will not benefit the education system as a whole; we need to possess a more widespread outlook. Then only can the digitization process become successful. In order to attain this target, a number of measures are undertaken to revamp the entire education system and introduce them in a digital mode to the learners.

The measures which are undertaken: 

Universities and other educational institutes are redefining the traditional education system by providing a number of Online Courses at a comparatively low-cost. With this initiative, millions of students can receive education in any subject they want.

A new phase of learning called “blended learning” has been introduced for an increased interaction among the instructors and the learners; the students can even create and share their own content in this mode of online interactive learning.

Video clips, animated graphics, etc. are introduced to present the entire syllabus visually presented to the students for a better grasp of the content. The learner can access them whenever needed and play innumerable reruns to get the subjects better.

One of the main impacts of digitization of education in Singapore is that the curriculum has become more learner-centered. Knowledge disseminated through multimedia like animated video, graphic images, and PowerPoint presentations, create a strong visual memory in the minds of the learners, which will help them memorize better. The learners can digest the information the way they want by taking their time. Moreover, the study materials presented here are updated and authentic which enables the learner to gain a modern and restructured knowledge. Students can easily address their weak point and rectify them on their own. In a nutshell, digital education promotes self-learning and self-assessment among the learners and thus aims for their qualitative progress which will get the most out of the student.

The educationists are also upholding the view that the more a learner is incorporated into the technology based education system; there is a chance that he/she will maximize the output which will not only benefit him/her but also the wider society in context. Learners can thus improve their way of life and also make a rich contribution to the social welfare of the country.

"Education" Button on Modern Computer Keyboard.

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