The State of Digital Education
The State of Digital Education
Written by Janet Swift   
Sunday, 21 August 2011

Has the time come for the Internet to play a dominant role in education just as it has done in commerce, music, information and advertising? This infographic makes a convincing case that it has.

It has been compiled by Knewton whose adaptive learning software is used at all stages of the education system from pre-school to graduate level. It includes compelling statistics to show the current failure rates of the U.S. educational system:

  • 46% of college students do not graduate
  • 33% of college students require remediation
  • 30% don't complete high school 

1 student drops out of high school every 26 seconds

The next section argues that this landscape is changing from the "one-size-fits-all model" that leads to unprepared students to "technology-enabled solutions" customised for individual students, i.e. the type of solution that Knewton provides.

I have been advocating the cause of digital education the past 20 years for the very same reasons as Knewton. Computer-based delivery enables educational experience to be customised for individual students, it can incorporate positive reinforcement and reduce or eliminate sources of friction and tension that often demotivate struggling students.


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The State of Digital Education

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media


For developers the information at the very top of the infographic has to be encouraging: Education is a 7 trillion dollar industry. So although there are already some big players in this market there is plenty of room for growth.



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