Today's economy has an exceptional level of competitiveness and high standards for both companies and employees. The members of the corporate world know that if they want to emerge at the top of the pack, they have to invest in their employees. At the same time, employees understand that they need to keep their edge in the playing field in regards to their marketable skills and knowledge. This is also needed in order for employees to keep and excel in their jobs.
With all of this competition coming from all sides, expectations for everyone are high. EdTech is something that benefits both employers and employees, leveling the playing field so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
In addition to all the ways that managers, human resources staff and organizational leaders benefit from EdTech, employees can use these educational and training opportunities to their advantage as well. Employees can take actions such as participating in a class that is relevant to their industry or by starting to learn a new language that is important to their company's operations.
In 2015 and beyond, businesses will be able to use EdTech to expand their own offerings and perhaps even make a profit doing so. Businesses may be able to offer school as a service, or SaaS.
This is a concept in which a business creates its own MOOCs and charges a participation fee or a fee for proctored exams. At the same time, MOOCs are becoming more mainstream and will thus require more authentication to ensure that the course content is valid.
When a business is getting ready to launch a new product or service, the typical approach is to launch a media and advertising campaign, which might circulate through social media, print, radio, TV and other venues. MOOCs are the up and coming way for businesses to get their products and services out there faster and to shorten the amount of time from ideation to launch.
Medicine is one of the fields of expertise that utilizes EdTech the most and can gain the most benefits. EdTech is used in medicine in many ways. In addition to all sorts of medical professionals being able to take online classes, EdTech makes it easier for learners to practice all sorts of different scenarios on realistic mannequins. Medical students can practice caring for a person who went underwater or try out triage scenarios for a large scale disaster.
Learners can also try out their skills at infectious disease identification and training without having to run the risk of an actual exposure. A considerable shortage of nursing instructors has lead to a backup of nursing students waiting to enroll in a bachelor's of science in nursing programs all across the country. EdTech could allow different nursing colleges and universities to partner up with hospitals to increase their educational offerings.
Students could also get a better experience by partnering with hospitals through EdTech for activities such as reading electrocardiogram printouts, viewing digital x-rays and even performing diagnostic assessments on patients. This technology is growing at a rapid pace, as even drugstore clinics are now offering checkups and diagnosis of common maladies such as ear infections and influenza by having patients enter a pod and engaging with a nurse practitioner or doctor through an online interactive portal.
The use of EdTech in medicine is just another example of its versatility and multitude of uses in the real world. EdTech can make a real difference where it matters the most, such as advancing technology that can be used to save lives and reduce harm to good Samaritans and first responders.
The use of EdTech also makes it more affordable for businesses and different industries to train a sizable workforce so that they can be prepared for any type and scale of event.