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By William Barns-Graham
If you’ve seen The Matrix, you may recall how Neo et al can instantaneously learn various skills by being plugged into a matrix simulating programme to then have these skills uploaded into their minds. While I may not need to learn jiu jitsu or kickboxing any time soon – I probably won’t be fighting Agent Smith this evening – in respect to researching new articles, the idea of being programmed with expertise of any sort is pretty appealing. This kind of learning remains in the realms of science fiction, but with e-learning becoming bigger and more easily accessible with every passing day, we are not as far away from plugging into the matrix’s resources as we once were.
A report by MarketsandMarkets, a global market research and consulting company in the US, predicts that the worldwide Ed Tech market is to grow from $31.31bn in 2013 to $59.90bn in 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 13.9%. High-speed mobile internet access, cheap tablet devices and the rise of adaptive-learning software means the rise of e-learning is inevitable. While schools and universities are already being transformed by this new sort of education, adult learning, including on-the-job learning, are likely to be vastly improved by learning apps and online courses. Not quite The Matrix, but Ed Tech is nonetheless a lot more progressive than only sticking to the classroom teacher methodology.
The opportunities this provides to professionals in all industries are vast. Science and health
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