Creative software house Adobe Systems last week unveiled findings of a recent online survey among 500 educators across the Asia Pacific, to assess their views on the state of digital education. The survey results were announced at the Education Leadership Forum 2012, held in Singapore.
According to Adobe, the survey revealed some interesting results, including the fact that nearly 40 percent of educators in Asia Pacific now use tools like e-textbooks and tablets in their classroom.
Other key highlights of the survey were:
- 55 percent of educators believe that in five years’ time, there would be a significant increase in the role that digital technology (like e-textbooks, tablets) and digital content plays in their classroom work.
- Only 30 percent of respondents felt very prepared to adapt their teaching methodology in the rapidly changing digital landscape. This indicates that a vast majority of educators still need to improve their skills as well as adopt newer digital tools that will help make the learning process for students future-ready.
- The survey also revealed that 81 percent of respondents indicated that it is very important to incorporate creativity tools in the curriculum to help students prepare for a 21st century workforce.
The respondents represented several countries including Australia, New Zealand, Korea, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
At the Education Leadership Forum, Adobe also announced it is witnessing strong momentum for the adoption of its creativity tools across key countries in the Asia Pacific region. Adobe revealed that:
- In Australia, over 50 percent of the nation’s estimated 4 million students (primary and secondary) access Adobe’s software tools on a daily basis
- In Singapore, 4 of the 6 local universities currently use Adobe’s software tools to help their students develop digital creativity and collaboration skills. Additionally, all the local polytechnics and art institutions in Singapore providing diploma courses are using Adobe creative solutions to prepare students for the digital economy.
- In China, since the launch of Adobe Creative University in 2010, over 80,000 students have been certified, 480 teachers trained and 200 schools joined the program. Additionally, nearly 3,000 students have also bought Adobe’s software (Student/Teacher Edition) as part of this program.
- In Korea, nearly 50 percent of all universities have deployed Adobe’s software tools including Creative Suite Design Premium and Creative Suite Design Standard.
- In Philippines, La Salle Greenhills work with Adobe technology to help bring tablet computer based-learning to the institution, making it the first of its kind in the country.
At the forum, Jon Perera, Vice President, Worldwide Education Marketing, Adobe Systems said: “The world of education as we know it is rapidly changing and so are the contours of the teaching and learning process. It is more important than ever that we enable educators to help students prepare for and excel in a 21st century workplace. Equally important, we need to help them ride those new waves of technology and opportunity that are emerging in an ever-evolving digital world.”
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