How Has Technology Changed Education?
Since the introduction of the Internet, technology’s impact on education has grown exponentially. In college and graduate programs, technology has created a completely new platform for learning – online. According to an article in Business Insider, the number of students taking online classes nearly doubled from 2002 to 2008. Not only do online options foster innovation, resourcefulness, and a collaborative approach to learning, but they position graduates for a seamless transition into a high-tech workplace.
The number of accredited U.S. institutions offering online degrees increases by the day. Even if students still choose to attend some classes in person, about 30 percent of American college students take at least one course online, according to Elaine Allen of the Sloan Survey on Online Education. This changing landscape serves the nontraditional student well – an online connection with teachers now replaces commuting to school. This change leaves more time for work, studying, and family life. The ability to access lecture videos, updated class notes, and other online study tools increases students' success by giving them the freedom to learn on the go.
Online syllabi allow students to see the full gamut of work required from the very beginning of the class, making for easy time management. With the workload laid out in front of them, students can schedule course assignments around their other responsibilities and even get a head start on large projects or exams. This information is especially valuable for nontraditional students who may not have extra time to spend on unexpected assignments.
Three-ring binders and spiral notebooks have been replaced with tablets and laptops in today’s tech era. Class websites, apps, and internet tools allow students to manage coursework online instead of with pen and paper, and paper textbooks are quickly being replaced by e-books. Speaking of books, many libraries are now online – just one of the countless online resources that forward-thinking schools offer to help students maximize learning. Online resources have the benefit of being comprehensive and virtually instantaneous, creating an information pool that is always up to date.
All these advances carry into the workplace. Offices have replaced paper filing systems with digital alternatives, while instant messaging, virtual meeting platforms, and teleconferencing allow for improved long-distance communication. Both interaction and efficiency in the workflow process have changed dramatically due to technology. It’s clear that tech advances in education not only impact the learning process itself, but also equip students for greater acclimation and success in their future careers.
Education’s New Meaning
These tech advances have redefined the process of learning – from brick and mortar to online – and fostered demand for new subjects to be taught. From workplaces that simply embrace technology to the giants of Silicon Valley, technological advances require potential employees to have a specific technological skillset. What better way to prepare for a tech savvy job than with a tech savvy education?
By Stacey Kole for Ashford University
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