Though we all are living in the 21st century, people are still not using technology to the full extent. Colleges and institutes still practice the traditional ways of achieving their work. However, what most of them don’t realize is that using technology can make their job much easier. We had a list of all colleges in the USA and other areas along with some engineering colleges to survey how they used technology to their benefit. The results were not as good as we expected. So here are some ways in which colleges can make good use of Technology.
Technology is a way of life for the millennial generation. So it comes as no surprise that colleges students want their higher education experience to be tech-savvy as well.
Today we are well into the Information Age, where we need students knowledgeable in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in order to satisfy employment demands for a wide range of industries. Yet our students are being instructed on a 20th Century standard and, as a result, are graduating without the STEM skills needed for today’s jobs and unable to excel in a digital environment. That’s unfortunate because never before have we had so many innovative tools and methodologies that can make learning easier.
Rather than confine our students within the staid walls of academia that the Harvard Business Review says are disconnected from how the world works today, it’s time to knock those walls down and engage students by bringing the promise of technology to bear in our schools. It’s time to flip the classroom and change dynamics that engender educational ennui in our children before they disengage.
According to a recent survey. college students say better use of technology could help them save money and use their time more efficiently:
34% of students say the greatest benefit of using digital textbooks is affordability
31% of students say digital textbooks are more convenient
Beyond cost and convenience, students believe that technology can provide other benefits as well:
- 61% of students say homework that is more interactive, containing elements such as video, would improve learning
- 48% of students say their learning would be enhanced by technology that helps them collaborate digitally with students from the class, or from other schools
- 61% cite the ability to exchange instant feedback with professors as something that would improve learning
- 55% say digital learning that personalizes their learning experience (i.e. gives teachers the ability to track student progress in real-time) would be useful
Make Resources Online
One basic benefit you get when you shift to digital resources is saving paper. Being an engineering student, I know the pain of writing worthless assignments and wasting a lot of paper. Instead, students should be made to submit their findings for the practical sessions online on some platform like moodle which I mentioned earlier. Also, there are many websites which provide free online courses like Coursera, Udemy, for programming Code Academy etc which can be used by more enthusiastic students. Apart from that, other study materials can be made digital and distributed easily across all students in no time. Making a college app along with website will surely help a student to stay in touch with the academics.
So these are some ways in which colleges can embrace the advance technology instead of avoiding it. This will save time, paper, efforts and make the task much easier. You may argue that using technology will increase the cost, but having a look at engineering and other courses fee I highly doubt that will be an issue. Let me know if you are in favor of using technology in Education sector or not, and if you have your inputs please mention them in the comment section below.