The materialization of advanced technology and social media has completely changed the teaching mantra of educators today, as well as the way students learn and communicate with their professors. Many of us still adhere to conventional education tools – blackboards, pencils, notebooks and textbooks. But Generation Z considers these methods old-school, outdated and even tough to implement. Tech innovations are populating the academic research niche as well, and increasingly more universities are putting technology at the disposal of the pupils.
Complex learning-management systems, distance education and the opportunity to cooperate with researchers from around the world are several of the most groundbreaking benefits that current universities are adopting right now. However, there are also many challenges students compelled to deal with. In spite of all the positive aspects of advanced technology in high-schools and colleges, this innovative learning tool remains a disruptive discovery; and also a pretty expensive one.
Advanced Technology in Education – A Useful but Rather Challenging Approach to the Learning Model
Most faculty members are accustomed with a single teaching method. In order to make them become tech savvy, universities and colleges will have to invest time and money to teach these members the basics of high-tech teaching methods. Unfortunately, not all institutions can afford it. But then again, if they don’t adapt they risk losing students who will turn to online learning and colleges that can afford to spend cash on advanced technological methods.
Technology has always had a great impact on education. Almost 63% of today’s students agree that technology is now the cornerstone of teaching methodologies. In fact, soon enough it will become a principal differentiator in grabbing the attention of corporate partners and students. Online learning is appealing to increasingly more universities around the world; some are already offering online courses.
How High-Schools and Colleges See Advanced Technology
Many universities and even high-schools agree that technology can have a positive impact on the students, as well as on the way they study. However, in spite of all the benefits – access to online libraries, dictionaries and encyclopedias, online courses, webinars and video training, etc. – faculties should also be aware of the challenges, namely cheating, plagiarism, and online distractions (social media).
Higher education is extremely responsive to globalization. Five years from now, an overseas presence will become the norm in most universities around the world. Nearly 50% of today’s most famous high-schools and universities already have remote locations. More institutions are planning to be more open to off-shore learning in a few years, and whether we like it or not, distance education is here to stay.
Distance Education is Going Global
Distance education is a worldwide phenomenon, and thanks to advanced technology multi-modal teaching is currently changing today’s curricula. Soon enough professors will start looking at more than one teaching medium. Increasingly more universities are currently recording and filming classroom courses to help overseas students participate too. Sophisticated learning management devices and advanced presentation and video tools are also among upcoming innovations that students and professors will benefit from. Their impact on academic success is quite promising providing that they’re being used the right way. Web 2.0 technologies like instant messaging, wikis and social networking – which are well-known for their influence in improving connectivity – are believed to fade away. At the other end of the line, we have simulation software and VR technology that will most likely appeal to a multitude of tech-savvy students.
Teaching Will Soon Become Student-Centered and Outcome-Based
Experts strongly agree that instructional paradigms are sifting. Rather than focus on material memorization students will start focusing more on applying their knowledge to solve different problems. The teaching and learning mantra will switch from theory to practice. Theoretical learning is probably the main reasons students can’t land well-paid jobs. Since practice makes perfect, teachers must adapt to high-tech teaching methods that are the most effective.
Advanced technology is completely changing the way students learn in high-school and college. Most pupils currently have laptops, smartphones and tablets; and their essays are no longer written by hand. But then again, it’s also easy for them to get distracted and access social media rather than study. Professors must put technology to good use, and find away to keep students engaged through fun learning; otherwise, everything technology has done for the educational field will go to waste.
By Davis Miller and Educater.co.uk