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A New Era of Digital Learning and Computing Technology is Upon Us

2020 ushered in a new era of remote learning, and expanded Internet usage. Now that 2021 is approaching its end, statistics point to an improved e-learning environment across 32 sampled countries. In terms of performance metrics alone, the United Kingdom has outstripped the competition, proving once again that its digital education programs are superior across the board.

According to data collected from official sources, Great Britain now offers 10,587 distance learning programs, with 97% access to computers, and broadband Internet speed of 93 Mbits per second. In 2020, the UK ranked at #16, but in 2021 it shot up to a ranking of #4.

Digital education is fast becoming the go-to selection for students in the UK and globally. While the pandemic has certainly hastened a move towards digital learning, the comfort, convenience, and cost effectiveness of this methodology is here to stay.

The performance of the United Kingdom is certainly impressive, but the top-tier countries above the UK present equally astonishing metrics, notably:

  • #3Hungary only offers 12 distance learning programmes, and 88% access to computers, but it’s broadband Internet speed is 194Mbit per second, generating a total result of 83.0. Hungary moved up 12 places from 2020 to 2021.
  • #2USA offers 10,472 distance learning programmes, with 72% access to computers, and a broadband Internet speed of 195Mbits per second, generating a total result of 83.1. The USA moved up 10 places from 2020 to 2021.
  • #1 – Denmark – features 31 distance learning programs, an incredible 95% access to computers, and a lightning fast 211Mbits per second broadband Internet speed, for a total result of 100.0. Denmark moved up 1 place from 2020 to 2021.

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Why Is the Move to E-Learning so Important in 2021?

From the perspective of a student, e-learning represents a paradigm shift from traditional learning in person, to online learning. Therefore, it is a technological wunderkind unfolding before our eyes. Students now have enhanced computer literacy, with full academic functionality through video conferencing, webinars, seminars, tutorials, content management systems, et al. It is a technology-driven system which facilitates safe learning, comfortable learning, and effective learning when done right. E-learning is also mobile friendly, allowing students to be peripatetic while learning the subject material.

Content is readily available at all times, since it is stored in databases on servers, or in the cloud. Practice tests and reviewing of material is easily done, with no limits on how often students can access the content. Beyond the obvious, e-learning also presents as a cost-effective alternative to traditional in-person learning. This is true from an educational institution’s perspective, and the student’s perspective. This flexible type of learning environment is stress-free for students, since there is no threat of intimidation, bullying, or lack of self-confidence. Students can confidently study from the comforts of home, or on the go, as they see fit.

The inclusion of chat forums, chat rooms, interactive discussion boards, and personal communications between students and teachers is ironclad. E-learning certainly minimises miscommunication that may result. The content can be updated in real-time, with no outdated material circulating. Since many learners have a limited attention span, e-learning courses are now being shortened to be as effective as possible. For all of these reasons, e-learning is the way of the future, even if the pandemic becomes a thing of the past. Online learning is here to stay.