• Quality audio critical for unlocking distanced learning experience

        • As with  the hybrid working trend, the  pandemic has  revealed new opportunities for innovation and improvement. In light of this, a new report ‘Reimagining education with high-quality audio’ from Frost &  Sullivan and  commissioned by audio-technology brand EPOS has revealed opportunities to enhance modern learning to become more connected,  digitised  and efficient.   

          The immediate and long-term benefits are clear  

          Clear cost savings associated with remote learning have become apparent, with significant savings made possible by reducing reliance on physical resources and minimising travel time. This also means that students can learn at their own pace and are able to catch up or revisit a topic with ease. Along with the potential for time and cost savings, going digital means that educators can improve the quality and relevancy of their curriculum by updating resources and materials in real-time.   

          Poor audio exacerbates learning fatigue  

          Good audio technology can play a pivotal role in helping students retain focus and engage, while poor audio, in turn, can have a serious negative impact. Poor audio experiences have serious implications, 35 per cent of those surveyed often feel frustration, irritation and annoyance due to bad audio, 25 per cent experience moments of stress and 15 per cent feel embarrassment or a lack of confidence. The impact of these experiences could have a serious impact on students’ ability to focus, engage and actively contribute to lessons.   

          For teachers and other educators, poor audio could be disastrous if critical information is missed. The ability to hear multiple voices, recognise who is speaking and engage with reactions from the class are all crucial parts of teaching. 

          Investment in good audio is essential to long-term hybrid learning   

          According to EPOS, 37 per cent of people feel that the right audio tools can reduce miscommunication, 40 per cent feel that they would significantly reduce the need to repeatedly clarify information and 37 per cent believe good audio would prevent participants from missing critical information.   

          Even once the disruption caused by the pandemic dissipates the shift to a more hybrid approach will remain. From an industry perspective, remote learning has made it easier to recruit teachers in some instances five-fold and as a result of the shift, the percentage of senior leaders and teachers planning to leave the profession had halved since 20192. Meanwhile, two-thirds of students say they would welcome more education online post-pandemic.  

          Jeppe Dalberg-Larsen, President at EPOS said, “remote learning means that students and teachers can be anywhere on any given day – whether it’s in the classroom, at home or on the go. The future of learning is already here. For students and educators in a virtual classroom, missing even 1 per cent of what you’ve heard can often become 100 per cent of your concern. To ensure that hybrid learning remains effective, educators and students must recognise the importance of optimising concentration and comprehension by utilising high-quality audio tools.” 

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