Adobe has conducted a study, 'Transforming Education with Mobile and Digital Technology' and has unveiled its finding. Over 1,000 educators representing 13 countries across Asia Pacific were selected for the study. The aim of the study was to determine the state of mobile technology adoption in the classroom and the importance of mobility and digital tools in education. India represented 22 percent of the study sample for the study.
The study revealed that the educators strongly believed that the proliferation of mobile devices is already having a positive impact, and influencing the way instructions are delivered to students. Over 78 percent of educators from India felt that there was a positive overall effect to utilizing mobile devices that are strategically integrated into the teaching process, which is comparable to the APAC average of the 77 percent.
The reason behind this support for mobility is because 83 percent of the Indian educators felt that the accessibility of digital tools and applications on mobile devices will help them understand better and improve concepts and information before including them in lesson plans for their students. However, Indian educators also consider that more needs to be done by their institutions to provide students with access to mobile devices.
The study also highlighted specific barriers to the propagation of mobile technology in educational institutions. Across Asia Pacific, budget allocation was identified as the top crucial area to overcome for faster adoption of mobile technology in academic institutions, followed by integration of mobility with existing infrastructure. As for India, integration of mobility with existing infrastructure was identified as the top crucial area followed by policy issues.
Commenting on the study, Kulmeet Bawa, Director Enterprise - South Asia, Adobe, said, "The ability to visualize or integrate interactive learning experiences in the classroom via a mobile device can make a huge difference in learning outcomes, when engaging with today's millennial generation. As our study highlights, the challenge now is to provide support to enable greater mobile adoption. Educators and institutions need to work together to make this shift, ensuring that students are empowered not only to consume digital content but also to be the creators of that content."