BRIGHT FUTUREEDUCATION TECHNOLOGY
Engaging students in rigorous and relevant learning is a signiﬁcant challenge facing education. The current model of “delivering” knowledge, assigning homework and assessing student progress via standardized tests, may become a relic from the past. Expanding the learning experience beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom is the way of the future. The thirst for knowledge and the need for improving skills are stronger than ever. Broadband Internet will make technology-augmented learning the norm, with students setting their own pace while engaging in cross-disciplinary learning and collaboration with fellow students who may be on the other side of the globe.
THE ESTIMATED GLOBAL MARKET FOR ONLINE COURSES
NUMBER OF STARBUCKS EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR FREE ONLINE COLLEGE COURSES
Ubiquitous Internet access will be provided in the future
Powerful mobile devices will create new channels for delivering learning and skills, such as technology-enhanced classrooms and mobile applications. This will usher in a new era of customized learning that can take place anywhere, anytime. Education technology will also transform learning in the workplace, with employers creating courses specific to a company’s needs that encourage employees to engage in lifelong learning and acquire stackable sets of skills and credentials.
A critical mass of companies in our state is leading the way in making transformative and customized learning a reality.
Arizona companies and educational institutions, both established and startups, have pioneered the use of technology to expand access to education. They have been at the forefront of distance learning, giving students throughout the country the ability to acquire skills and knowledge needed in the 21st-century economy. Starbucks Corporation has extended access to a college degree to potentially thousands of part- and full-time employees through ASU online.