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.

About the Author:

Todd Rychecky is VP of Americas for Opengear, responsible for developing and executing sales strategies, multiple business initiatives, hiring and talent development, setting performance goals and growing the business. For 12 consecutive years, Rychecky and his Opengear Sales teams have experienced year over year sales growth. He joined the company in 2008 and was the first sales and marketing hire, helping kick start Opengear with sales, marketing, product marketing, and business development initiatives. His main focus is on growing the sales teams, partner channels, and strategic accounts. Rychecky earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University.