The education sector is in the midst of significant evolution. Shifting learning behaviors, demand for new skills, and changes to workforce dynamics have motivated a profound digital transformation to improve outcomes, economics, and accessibility of education.

Now, this evolution has been accelerated. At the hand of a global health crisis, many education systems around the world were forced to conduct the largest remote learning trial we’ve ever seen. From educators to students, and parents to administrators – the entire system relied on technology to connect, collaborate, and inspire.

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While it wasn’t always easy and there is much still to learn, we witnessed a glimpse into what a more technology-centric education system could unlock – new forms of engagement, more actionable insight into student performance, greater accessibility, and more.

Where do we go from here? We have a significant opportunity before us to capitalize on this momentum and drive profound, swift change that will impact the lives of millions of students across the world. As we look ahead for education, it’s clear that digital learning is here to stay, and most educational institutions will take a hybrid approach heading into 2021 and beyond.

Education will rapidly transition to a cloud-first approach for both storage and collaboration tools.
The use of video collaboration tools skyrocketed, as can be expected, during the pandemic this year. That was true for the education space also, as classes took to online learning and classrooms evolved into digital discussions. As we look forward, these tools will become significantly more robust and tailored for learning.

About the Author:

David Owens is the Senior Vice President & General Manager, Digital Transformation Solutions for HARMAN.