Today’s classroom isn’t what it used to be. The e-learning market is growing rapidly, with some estimating a 14 percent year-over-year increase between 2019-2025, reaching as high as $350B by that time. And these forecasts came before the global pandemic began, which has fueled an unprecedented rise in online education across the country and world. California alone, for example, plans to serve over 1 million K-12 distant learners this fall.
Importantly, while distance learning is skyrocketing, it is just one component of the evolving and expanding digital classroom, which relies more than ever on a flawless network connection.
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New learning technologies like IoT devices are enabling a host of capabilities for staff and students, from data collection to improve operations, to more personalized learning experiences, and applications like human to machine learning. This shift marks an enormous opportunity for students’ learning, but it also brings new and pressing challenges that must be addressed. Unlike the physical classrooms and textbooks we’ve relied on for centuries, these new digital learning ecosystems are vulnerable to network disruption, attacks and outages.