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Is Digital Learning Still Second Best?

https://singularityhub.com/2020/03/20/is-digital-learning-really-still-second-best/

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Is Digital Learning Still Second Best?
Can digital technologies allow us to provide high quality education, healthcare, and other services to everyone at more affordable prices than today?

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Real To Virtual

Due to the global pandemic, there is a shift towards Digital. Worldwide events, once attracting gatherings of thousands, are either being canceled or have gone virtual. This impact is substantially felt in the learning sector, with most of the universities sending their students home.

Digital learning is often viewed as a secondary option. With the new realities upon us, this is about to change.

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Going Digital: Benefits

  • Online training has certain toolsets of evaluation, recording, and sophisticated analysis of attendance, feedback, and even emotions, which was never possible in an actual classroom.
  • Course materials can be downloaded instantly, as opposed to printing and shipping books every semester, reducing costs and environmental impact. The content is also updated easily and can be scaled at minimal costs.
  • As information is real-time, many complex, time-sensitive models of learning can be developed, the speed of which could never be a reality in traditional methods of learning.

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Convergence

A convergence of virtual models with physical aspects of learning can help us with innovative solutions to existing problems in numerous sectors. 

Technology is now poised to provide better healthcare, education, and other services to everyone in an affordable and ultra-efficient system.

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Telemedicine and telehealth

Telemedicine and telehealth involve remote-health-care technologies and services, known as "virtual care."

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Virtual healthcare recognized

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  • Telehealth uses virtual interactions between individual doctors and patients. You may have a bad sore throat and download the telehealth app, where you will be connected to a physician who can examine you and prescribe medicine.

Fifty to seventy percent of visits to the doctor's office could be replaced by remote monitoring and checkups.

Potential disadvantages of virtual health care

Telemedicine has been a hard sell in some areas.

  • Many rural clinics and community hospitals fear that their already inadequate medical staffing and the revenues generated from on-site procedures will be further diminished by remote medicine.
  • Old and poor patients who may need care the most can't afford smartphones or broadband connectivity.
  • Until recently, many people were unaware that the service existed, while others didn't trust an anonymous doctor.
  • Many people want to be in the physical presence of their physicians, believing the quality of virtual care is inferior.

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Education during epidemics

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Radio school

The radio school experiment during the polio outbreak was highly innovative and untested. Some 315,000 children in grades 3 through 8 received lessons on the radio while at home.

Chicago teachers collaborated to create on-air lessons for each grade, local radio stations donated air time, and local papers printed class schedules each morning. Classes were just 15 minutes, providing simple broad questions and assigning homework.

Remote school challenges

News stories reporting on radio school were mostly positive, but articles also pointed out the challenges. Some children didn't have access to radios. Other kids were distracted or struggled to follow the lessons. They could not ask questions in the moment, and kids needed more parental involvement.

In 2020, when the pandemic shut down schools, many countries turned to multiple platforms, such as television, radio, and internet. However, they continue to face similar challenges to those the radio school faced in the 1930s.

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Telehealth

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Telehealth services

Among the most known telehealth services:

  • patient portal: you have the possibility to keep track of your health record while being able to communicate securely with your
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  • virtual doctor appointments: extremely useful for persons who do not need an in-person physical examination
  • store and forward: this kind of service enables the electronic transmission of medical documents
  • remote patient monitoring: it allows your doctor to monitor your health from the comfort of your home by using wearable devices
  • mobile health: through mobile health applications, you can keep better track of your health.

Telehealth and its benefits

Among the benefits of the telehealth:

  • better access to medical care: especially for individuals with mobility issues or living far from a doctor
  • improves care quality
  • reduces care cost: you do not need to travel anymore
  • increases patient's satisfaction: especially by saving time.