Educators in Asia-Pacific are bullish on the prospects of digital education. Nearly 40 percent of about 500 educators from the region who participated in an online survey conducted by Adobe Systems said they now use tools like e-textbooks and tablets in their classroom.
More than half (55 percent) also believe that most of their curriculum will be delivered using digital technology in five years.
However, only 30 percent of respondents felt they are prepared for the changes. Adobe said this indicates that a vast majority of educators still need to level up their skills as well as adopt newer digital tools that will help make the learning process for students future-ready.
"The world of education as we know it is rapidly changing and so are the contours of the teaching and learning process. It is more important than ever that we enable educators to help students prepare for and excel in a 21st century workplace. Equally important, we need to help them ride those new waves of technology and opportunity that are emerging in an ever-evolving digital world," Jon Perera, Vice President, Worldwide Education Marketing, Adobe Systems Inc. said.
At the Education Leadership Forum held recently in Singapore, Adobe revealed that in Australia, over 50 percent of the nation’s estimated 4 million students (primary and secondary) access Adobe’s software tools on a daily basis. In Singapore, 4 of the 6 local universities currently use Adobe’s software tools to help their students develop digital creativity and collaboration skills.
In China, since the launch of Adobe Creative University in 2010, over 80,000 students have been certified, 480 teachers trained and 200 schools joined the program. In Korea, nearly 50 percent of all universities have deployed Adobe’s software tools, including Creative Suite Design Premium and Creative Suite Design Standard.
Moreover, in the Philippines, La Salle Greenhills' work with Adobe technology to help bring tablet computer based-learning to the institution, the first of its kind in the country.
"It’s no longer an option for educators around the world not to have a unified digital strategy, enabled with tools and technologies and integrated with the foundations of an academic environment. The sooner our teachers, students, administrators and policy makers prepare themselves for this reality, the better they will be placed to succeed in a world that is becoming so ubiquitously digital,” said Tim Elleston, Co-founder, Digital Balance Pty. Ltd., said.