When it comes to teaching, educators in a modern world face a number of challenges. Technology has transformed academics, enabling greater accessibility, enhancing cyber risks, and paving the pathway to a digital future that the students of today will have to lead tomorrow. But, what exactly are the key issues that the current faculty will have to face? Understanding this will help schools prepare for the future, and enable them to enhance student success both now and in the long run.
- Resistance to Change: This one is inevitable. Many resist change, and schools are no different. It can be difficult to undertake a digital transformation when the same tools and systems have been used for years. To overcome this, leaders can provide information, learning opportunities, and examples to showcase how digital technologies will benefit classrooms in years to come. A digital transformation does not have to occur in a single motion; gradual change can be more accepted, and far easier to adopt.
- IT Support: A big issue for modern schools is that they lack the IT support and infrastructure to support their digitisation. As teachers and students begin to use technology more, the demand on the IT department grows. It also brings increased cyber risks, compliance issues, and privacy concerns. The best way to stay on top of this is to have a solid security and growth strategy that aligns with the digital changes a school plans to implement.
- Evolution: It feels like as soon as we get a handle on one technology, another replaces it. The digital world is always evolving, and schools have to upgrade faster than ever before. This links in with IT support, especially when it comes to software and security. Being mindful of what changes are needed, and what changes won't be effective is critical to ensuring that schools remain on track and within budget.
- Costs: Many educators make the mistake of implementing technologies that aren’t needed or aren’t appropriate. Digital resources are expensive, but fortunately, when they are the right resources, they are an excellent long term investment. School leaders must take the time to consider their long and short term goals to understand what technologies will actually help them, their teachers, their students – and their bottom line.
- Personalisation: This is a big issue in schools; a lack of personal education. Collaboration, communication, and critical thinking are more important than ever before in learning, and teachers need to be facilitating students effectively. Fortunately, digital technologies allow for better monitoring of student progress, as well as improved interactions and opportunities to engage with content and peers across the globe.
Educators in the modern world face a number of challenges. The digital environment is ever-changing, and it can be difficult to keep up – let alone get ahead. The MOQdigital Education team can help you get the most out of your digital investments – and enhance student success. Find out more.