The importance of education technology in student wellbeing

As concern grows for the mental health and wellbeing of students across the globe, it’s no wonder educators and leaders in the education technology space are looking at ways to improve the lives of students.

Using education technology to improve student wellbeing is particularly pertinent in higher and further education.

Here, we explore the ways in which education technology can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students as a way for you to better understand how it could be incorporated into your own teaching in the Middle East and Africa. 

Improving student wellbeing with education technology

Power in the palm of your hand

While a reliance on smart phones could be looked upon negatively, if you find a way to support student health and wellbeing through this device is can be highly effective – it’s reaching students where they are already highly active, with the phone in the palm of their hand. From an app that provides support services for those struggling with depression or anxiety, to a dashboard where students can log their questions in a forum with their peers, smart phone technology can help within the education space on all fronts. 

Harnessing a hyper-connected life

With a connected life inside and outside of the classroom becoming the norm, technology allows us to use smarter learning analytics to look more at students’ behaviour, track their progress, and predict whether they may be at risk or require support. 

If students are showing low engagement in the education technology used at your university, that is often a warning sign that they may be experiencing mental or physical street. From a drop in grades to them not accessing the available online learning resources, these triggers can be tracked and used as identifiers to then provide the appropriate support. 

When the relevant teacher or member of staff then reaches out to a struggling student, the intervention is more likely to be timely and effective because it is based on real-time facts and data points. 

Collaboration is key

Not only does education technology in higher education help when intervening with a struggling student, but it also encourages collaboration between students, as well as between students and teachers. This collaboration helps to combat feelings of loneliness, isolation or overwhelm that can occur for someone experiences poor mental wellbeing. 

This collaborative element is one of the most critical benefits of education technology, as it can be applied at scale in a way that wouldn’t necessarily be possible otherwise.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring the ways in which education technology can play a part in improving student wellbeing, particularly in higher and further education. 

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To be part of the conversation about how to improve the wellbeing of the students at your educational institution, enquire about participating in Bett MEA and join us in Dubai in September. 
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