BY: KIRSTY CHADWICK | 21 JAN 2014 06:36
According to research firm, Ambient Insight, the global market for self-paced e-learning products and services reached US$ 27.1 billion by 2009 and is likely to double by 2014. With that said, let’s have a quick look at the e-learning trends for 2014.
- From textbook to tablet
In March 2013, Sunward Park High School in Johannesburg, South Africa, successfully made the transition from physical textbook to tablet when the tablet project initiative was officially launched by the Basic Education Deputy Minister, in partnership with Modern Information Business (MIB).
- Pupils at the school were overjoyed at no longer having to carry heavy suitcases around with them from classroom to classroom because they could now access their e-textbooks, a digital library and video tutorials via their tablets on the schools’ open Wi-Fi Network. In 2014, 88,000 Huawei tablets will be distributed to 2200 public schools in Gauteng as part of a new e-learning initiative.
- The shift to mobile
Mobile is thriving in Africa and local e-learning developers are increasingly focusing on apps as the most effective way to deliver learning content. According to UNICEF, South Africa houses the third-largest number of mobile subscribers on the continent, with around 20% of the population owning a smartphone. Smartphone growth in Africa has increased by 43% annually since 2000, and experts predict that 69% of mobiles in Africa will have internet access by 2014.
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