A recent report, published by Polycom, reveals that many teaching professionals believe tech-enabled learning ( online learning ) will be increasingly pervasive in education by 2025.

Polycom’s recent Education in 2025- Technology Innovation survey questioned 1,800 professionals in the global education sector, concluding that most believe online learning will become the predominant teaching tool, perhaps even surpassing traditional classroom based learning.

64 percent of respondents believe students mostly engage with teaching content in the classroom in 2015, but only 25 percent of this group believe this will be the case by 2025. In contrast, 53 percent of education professionals see live video streaming and mobile devises as the main learning tools by the end of the coming decade.

In addition, only 40 percent of respondents thought that teachers will be performing lead roles in education by 2025, as educational outreach programmes play a more major role in education.

The introduction of laptops as permanent fixtures in classrooms now seems obsolete for many respondents particularly looking towards the future. Respondents felt that little impact is achieved by having students on separate laptops when doing an interacting online course.

Andrew Graley, Polycom’s director of healthcare, education and government for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “There is clearly a trend for integrating technology with physical teaching; it’s about finding a balance and doing what is best for the pupils.

“It’s important that we don’t lose that face-to-face practical teaching environment, but make sure we maximise the potential that technology can bring to the education landscape.”

The survey’s report suggested a better use of educational resources, by having introductory, basic modules available as online only material, freeing up classroom time for more complex and practical components.

Graley adds that industry expertise in education will become more available:

“With the real-time video collaboration technology that’s available today, there’s no reason why students can’t speak to industry experts about their field of study. It’s possible to connect with an expert anywhere in the world at any time – it’s just one click away.”