Over the years we have seen the influence the technology had on many businesses and industries. Arguably, the real estate industry has also seen changes due to technology, both in the field of work and education. That being said, the changes that technology brought forth were previously never seen or thought possible before. Although not everyone is looking at these changes positively, denying the benefits that came with them is not possible.
These benefits have undoubtedly improved the real estate sector as a whole. On that note, our goal in this article is to focus on real estate education and how technology has influenced real estate licensing education and how it has changed the way we learn.
Considering that we have data that shows the influence of technology-assisted learning in various other professions, it can be safe to assume that the real estate profession is no different. Now, with that out of the way, let’s dive right into the topic and cover the role of technology in real estate education and how it affected the way we learn.
To begin with, by taking a look at the traditional way of learning, we can gather information as to how the traditional method was carried out and therefore better understand the changes brought forth by technology. The most notable difference is that the students needed to physically attend classes held in a designated classroom. On that note, the main difference that resulted from the use of technology is the implementation of online classes.
Online classes allowed students to attend a real estate school online by attending classes from their homes. Additionally, this allowed certain students to attend a real estate school online when otherwise they would not be able to attend in person. This made real estate a more accessible choice for a variety of people.
Considering that the majority, if not all, of real estate colleges offer online classes, it is hard to argue against the benefits of technology.
With that out of the way, let’s now focus on other ways technology can be beneficial to real estate education.
To start, the implementation of online real estate classes has drastically improved flexibility. As we have mentioned, with the traditional method, everyone had to be in the same classroom at the same time. This means that everyone had to adapt to the flow of the class rather than to their own learning pace. This means that you had to finish your work in a specified amount of time. On the other hand, with the online method, both students and professors got to experience more flexibility. The amount of time you had to designate for a traditional class was much higher compared to an online class. One of the main reasons is the time it took to get to class and to get home after it. With online classes, the commuting time is completely wiped out and all you have to do is turn on your computer and take the class.
Teachers have also seen benefits from the implementation of online classes. They had more time to plan lectures and organize their schedule in a better way. With the influence of technology, we can only expect further changes down the line. That being said, the changes we got so far are definitely proving to be very beneficial.
As we have mentioned so far, the learning process as a whole has experienced many advantages due to the implementation of technology. It brought forth new learning styles that are more flexible for both students and professors. The most notable is that the learning process can be tailored to a specific individual. With the traditional way of learning, students had to be in the same place during the lecture. In this scenario, some students might have difficulties expressing their opinion or even finding the time to ask questions regarding the topic they do not understand fully. Additionally, some students might have a difficult time being in a room with so many students due to the possibility of having anxiety problems. If that is the case, then they cannot focus on learning as their attention is focused on learning.
The more advanced technological improvements have provided a surreal opportunity for new real estate students. Students no longer have to only sit and listen during a lecture. With the implementation of innovative programs, the classroom now offers more dynamic and engaging classes for students. For example, with the help of virtual reality, students can see a 3D version of a real estate property while they are still at home attending a class.
The cost of attending a real estate class has changed with the implementation of online classes. With access to better economic educational alternatives, students now have more choices with different payment methods. This way, many students that could not attend a real estate school have now been provided with an opportunity to do so.
Again, the commuting costs are also completely removed which also helps with the overall costs. The technology trends that have found their way into real estate education have undoubtedly provided benefits and alternatives to various students and we can only expect more in the future.
As we have mentioned so far, the benefits of technology are clear. Technology is becoming an inseparable part of real estate education. That being said, even with the benefits of online real estate education, it does not mean that the traditional way should no longer be considered. Many real estate agents and brokers that have worked in the industry for a long time tend to think that technology will completely eliminate the personal touch of the industry. All in all, the benefits of technology are definitely there; however, we can only wait and see what the future brings.