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The digital age, education and work: details of a transformation



The digital age, education and work: details of a transformation


Currently, technological advances have influenced practically all levels of our daily lives. The technological revolution is evident in our daily lives to such an extent that not a day goes by without us being in contact with a technological device. Thus, the workplace and education have not been exempt from having technological influences.

In this article we tell you how the digital age is transforming education and work in the world.

Foundations of the digital age

The digital age, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is considered to have started in the 1980s. As such, we evolved from analog electronic and mechanical devices to today’s digital technologies. This progress is characterized by advances such as miniaturization, nanotechnology, quantum computing, and telecommunications.

Digital technologies today exhibit transformative breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, machine learning, massive data processing, robotics and biotechnology.

Some analysts claim that we are already on the brink of a post digital era. In it, technology creates a world of deeply personalized and instant experiences. There, organizations must be able to take advantage of these opportunities in people’s daily lives. In addition, they need to be ready to effectively address critical issues such as privacy, security and ethics for its users.

How the digital age has changed education

It is no secret to anyone that education has had an enormous transformation from the implementation of technological tools. Before, when we talked about education, we immediately thought of the physical classroom. However, today when talking about education it is inevitable to think about the Internet and digital media.

Already in 2015, the European Parliament signed that education in the digital age is more aboutcreation of knowledge, and less of its mere acquisition. Today, online training and its different applications, such as e learning platforms and communication software, promote existence of learning communities outside the confines of physical classrooms, educational institutions, countries, and generational groups.

For the institution, technology in education and its transforming power in the European Union is made visible in three ways:

  1. Internet and telecommunications. It manifests itself in Open Educational Resources (OER) such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and other forms of e learning.
  2. One to one and multimedia tools, such as electronic devices and digital educational materials.
  3. Technologies that improve the knowledge of teachers in the individual and group performance of their students.

Technology for educational innovation

In the digital age, technology has made education more:

How the digital age has changed work

From the declaration of the state of alarm by COVID 19, to a third of Spanish employees have teleworked. While before, people who worked from home were not more than 10% in the country.

The rise of telecommuting in Spain and the world highlights the transformation that the digital age has brought about at work. According to the science hub of the European Commission, the main changes are:

Based on the above, you have to ask yourself about the next steps. The Das Progressive Zentrum and Policy Network think tanks highlight the importance of:

In conclusion, the digital age has immensely transformed the development of work and educational processes. The technology is advancing by leaps and bounds and with it all areas of human life. Therefore, it is necessary to be constantly updated to keep up with the great changes in the world and its development.

Header image by Gonzalo Chavarri.