Teachers, students expect to spend more on tech learning


THE main barriers to online learning are not the lack of access to technology, but rather due to low utilisation of existing solutions and social problems associated with long periods of distant study. 

According to a survey commissioned by Lenovo and Microsoft, this trend will continue with 89% of educators and 83% of students expecting to further increase their spending on learning technology in the coming year. 

Lenovo Asia Pacific ED and GM of corporate and public sector business Eddie Ang said with schools closed in many countries for the better part of 2020, educators, parents and students alike have grappled with new learning technologies. 

He said educators and students need to be brought up to speed as they have been operating in the analogue world for the longest time. 

“We need to help them since technology is definitely part of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education which is key for the future especially in the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) based teaching.

“AI teaching is very prevalent in Asia Pacific especially China, which is the leading market as their education system has leapfrogged every other country in terms of adopting AI in teaching,” Ang added. 

In Malaysia, more than 96% of students and 99% of educators increased their use of technology during the past year, while 88% of students and 84% of educators spent more money on technology during the past year than they had in the previous year. 

Ang added that with the new subscription models, smarter collaboration and devices can unlock the potential of online learning, and there can be enormous benefits from education technologies, but students and educators have yet to embrace its full potential. 

“We are very keen in playing a consultative role as both students and educators are looking for collaborative, personalised learning with technologies that can keep them engaged. 

“We can help them to digitalise the content in a very short time,” Ang said.