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Bridging the digital divide part III - How this impacts learning, education and nation's economy

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In this three part blog series, we discussed what is digital divide blog 1 and why it is so important to bridge the global digital divide blog 2. In this last blog of the series, let's discuss how this digital divide impacts learning, education and the nation's economy and how can this gap be bridged. 

Taking reference from the standard definition the 'digital divide' refers to the existing gaps in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which includes individuals across the globe, groups and even countries.

Education and learning are the two main issues that lie at the heart of the present digital divide and hence is a burning issue than a more obvious gap in the access to technology itself. With lack of proper learning and education, economies become stagnant. The relation is between the cause and effect.

Economies thrive with better connectivity. The signs of 'emerging economy' can be seen everywhere where innovations are made possible by ICT that is transforming the way economies and its people are working. ICT therefore has become a gateway to economic growth. 

This importance to ICT and the lack of it in both economic and social sense explains why bridging what has come to be known as the 'digital divide' is a priority for societies and nations who are willing to take the big advantage of the opportunities ICT offers for the nation's growth.

The new generation devices and sophisticated machines and equipments are but useless without the power to exploit them. Nurturing this is in part the job of schools, colleges where foundations of technology literacy are laid; in part, it is also dependant on the learning that takes place in workplaces, communities and homes. In the present global economic landscape, education and learning is lifeblood for nation and its people's growth. The price of a lost opportunity is huge if you ignore the gaps in the 'learning digital divide'. 

To enforce lifelong learning and education, the education policy makers and educationist community should come up with strategies relevant to bridge this gap by reaching the disconnected underclass. The role of technology stakeholders in the process is as much crucial to execute the international exchange of education and learning.

Language is one more barrier which draws attention for policy makers to address linguistic issues. Given the importance of English language in software and technology, it’s crucial to bring equity and social inclusion among non-English speaking countries. ICT must be used strategically to bridge the digital divide and to help such populations open up to new forms of learning and education.

In the information age, lack of access to information can lead to disconnection from economy and hence democracy, both in commercial and social-economic sense. Let's take the example of India itself, with demonetization and its after affects, it's the people who have connectivity and access to communication technology are the ones who are empowered to do cashless transactions and in turn contribute to the nation's economy through new age learning adopting alternative payment methods using e-wallets and net banking. 

In the present technology landscape where the pace of education, learning and commerce and its development depends much on the spectrum of knowledge and its scale of possibilities, current attempts should drive the efforts to widen the ICT access gap. This initiative should be to address the needs of a particular user community to facilitate equal learning and opportunities.

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Topics: e-learning Innovation Learning education digitization Digital Technology Digital Divide IT

Tech story roundup - Week 50, 2016

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Cloud security: What advantages it has to offer?

Considering the previous scenarios and survey reports, cloud security has always been an issue for enterprises. Still, there has been a lot of argument going, that this situation will not be the same in coming years.

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Enterprise mobility has a long way to go! 

According to Gartner, enterprise mobility is flourishing and is going to stay for a while. However for enterprises, when it comes to delivering computing devices to employees, most of the employers end up in providing desktop rather than mobile devices. Still, enterprise mobility is considered to be growing.

Topics: Big data Collaboration Enterprise Mobility Cloud

Building the perfect healthcare web experience

There are mobile apps for a lot of healthcare products that do great things. There are desktop apps as well that run patient monitoring, clinic management among other tasks. But, the web continues to be a place where suspects still become prospects and in turn, customers. It is easy to visit a URL and fill up some details to get a free offer or redeem some coupon code. It takes a little more motivation than that to download an app onto one’s phone and then click it open later for said offers or coupons. Hence, web is the place which companies have every reason to focus their prospect and customer acquisition activities on.

Topics: Healthcare app Healthcare experiences Healthcare website Healthcare CRM Heathcare

Moving your SCORM courses to mobile

SCORM is one of the popular standards widely adopted in LMS industry. However with propagation of new technologies, learners are keen to leverage mobile technology. Having content compliant with SCORM standards can be perplexing and may give rise to lot of difficulties such as how SCORM content can work on mobile devices? 

There are lots of benefits provided by traditional desktop applications compatible with SCORM standards. However, having your SCORM courses compatible with mobile devices can enable learners to leverage latest technologies and widespread the use of mobile devices.  

No doubt, SCORM is excellent but it has inadequate features which makes it incompatible to run on mobile devices. Developing SCORM compliant content for mobile devices from scratch can be cumbersome and would require lot of efforts. This process might eventually end up in lot of monetary investment and waste of time.  

Consider developing a desktop application and then developing the same for mobile with different features. Isn’t it time consuming? Furthermore, there is no flexibility in reusing functionality just because it is not compatible with mobile platform. All of your efforts are just squandered because the developed application is not compatible with different devices.  

So, what can be the solution to save all of your cost and time efforts and still deliver your SCORM content on mobile devices?  

The SCORM offline player is especially designed to fulfill your needs. SCORM offline player enhances the way content is delivered, supported and managed. It is one of the best solutions to enable SCORM-compliant courses to run on mobile devices with lots of functionality at lower costs. It is one powerful tool to deliver extensive features which can enable you to deliver content across the globe.  

SCORM offline player is well-suited in the era of mobile learning. Organizations are rapidly moving towards mobility and are creating a mobile workforce to streamline the processes and increase productivity. So if you have yet not decided to move your SCORM content to mobile, then this is the time.
Topics: SCORM Offline Player SCORM content SCORM content for mobile moving SCORM courses to mobile

Role of value engineering in SharePoint

For delivering optimized SharePoint solution, Value Management is considered as an important factor which has been already demonstrated here. Now let’s move on to Value Engineering, another aspect which can help in providing a refined SharePoint solution.

Topics: SharePoint Value Engineering Value Management

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