Over time, the world has come to be increasingly more convenient, efficient, and fast-paced. Thanks to the various technologies at work, we have successfully forged a world that is more capable than ever before. From fine-tuning the retail experience to create custom product packaging and ensure next-day delivery, to turning the entire healthcare and education industries on their heads and strengthening them tenfold, there is something to be said about technological advancement. No matter what the future holds, the remarkable feats of success and innovation that have been made possible thanks to technology speak volumes of tech’s power to strengthen the human experience. The latest proof of this? Online education.

In what is truly an incredible feat of technological disruption in a historically traditional industry, the education sector has been given a revitalisation that has changed it irrevocably and for the better. Students today are lucky enough to be given the choice between traditional education and online education – but it has not always been this way. It has taken much time, hard work, fine tuning, and determination to close the gap in education and successfully create a globally inclusive industry. Despite the sector’s unyielding success through generation after generation, education has proven to be an exclusive advantage rather than a global right.

This is not necessarily a deliberately conscious movement, but nonetheless it is one that must be corrected. In short, traditional education put up walls for some individuals who wanted desperately to become students. First, traditional academic institutions are brick and mortar, and thus are generally limited to individuals with geographical access to them. Save for exchange students, which brings me to the second barrier. Education is expensive, and so it has been traditionally accessible only to those who are lucky enough to be wealthy enough or privileged enough to be able to afford it.

There was a gaping hole in the traditional academic industry’s reach, and that gap made it an exclusive experience. The education industry was in desperate need for a viable solution that would withstand the ages. The answer to that gap in the education sector is online education. Thanks to technological advancement and digital disruption in the education industry, online education has been able to rise through the ranks and place itself firmly in a position of grace and power. Without technological disruption in the education industry, online learning would not exist, and education would remain to be an exclusive experience.

Education should be a global right, and online education is arguably the most important stepping stone to making that right a bright reality. This is an incredibly exciting time for the education industry and for the world of technological evolutions. This incredibly positive transformation for the education sector speaks volumes of the kind of power that modernisation and technological disruption offer the world – now and in the future. We continuously speak of a world where we are all equal, and this technological innovation in education is an exhilarating leap in the right direction to making that a reality.