How technology is changing the face of education

How technology is changing the face of education

5 Ways Technology in the Classroom is Changing Education
How technology is changing the face of education

Technology is changing the face of education. Technology is enabling multi-modal teaching, changing curricula and spawning rich forms of online research and collaboration. Nearly 60% of survey respondents say that professors will soon teach more than one medium. At NYU’s top-ranked tax law programme, for instance, classroom courses
are filmed with three cameras and a sound mixer. “The course goes online within 30 minutes,” says Mr
. Delaney. “Within 24 hours, students interested in reviewing a certain case or topic can click an online
index that charts the content of the entire class and [can] view the portion that interests them.”
When asked to compare different communications technologies, 52% of survey respondents state
that online collaboration tools would make the greatest contribution in terms of improving educational
quality over the next five years—the top response—while 48% point to the dynamic delivery of
content and software that supports individually paced learning. Sophisticated learning-management
systems and enhanced video and presentation tools are among other innovations that respondents say
are likely to have a profound effect on the academic experience.

It is interesting to note that despite the growing array of technology-enabled teaching tools
available, nearly three-quarters of participants say that the greatest potential benefit of technology
is something far more straightforward—namely, the expanded access to educational and reference
resources that it provides.

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According to the survey results, online-collaboration tools, software that supports individually
paced learning, and learning-management systems are among the communications technologies
most expected to improve academics over the next five years. Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis,
instant messaging and social networking—which have been influential in improving connectivity in
many settings and are in use now at a large number of institutions—are expected to decline in use
over that period. By contrast, online gaming and simulation software is cited by 54% of higher education
respondents and 59% of corporate respondents as an innovation likely to be adopted by
universities over the next five years. Faculty members, administrators, and CIOs are also exploring how
web applications and freeware such as Google docs can improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Collectively, such advances may lead to profound changes in the way courses are taught. “Teaching
will become more outcome-based and student-centered,” says Polley Ann McClure, CIO of Cornell
University in Ithaca, New York. “To be truly transformative,” she adds, “instructional paradigms will
have to shift.” Instead of focusing on memorization of material by their students, instructors will focus
on the application of knowledge to particular problems. Says Ms. McClure: “Students need to feel that
they can plot their own academic path. If a student wants to, they should be allowed to take the final exam on the first day of school, and get credit for the portion of the course they’ve passed. If they
answer 80% of the test correctly, for example, testing software would identify the issues behind the
20% of wrong answers and focus student attention on those areas instead.”

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How technology is changing the face of education

It’s a view that others across the higher-education spectrum share. “The professor’s role is evolving
from instructor to mentor,” says Sam Scalise, CIO of Sonoma State University, in California’s wine
country. “Homework, quizzes, and projects will have to be designed in such a way as to require genuine
thoughtfulness on the part of the student. That paradigm shift offers enormous potential for advancing
educational quality.”

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How technology is changing the face of education

Finally, respondents foresee an interesting range of possibilities regarding how technology is most
likely to affect future academic offerings, spurred by innovative faculty research, student engagement
and the pursuit of academic collaboration. Over the next five years, 56% of respondents expect to see a
greater number of interdisciplinary majors, combining chemical engineering and environmental studies
for instance, and 43% foresee broader inter-university collaboration among students from multiple
institutions. Looking beyond the five-year horizon, more than two-thirds of all respondents say that
students will be able to craft individualized degree programmes, either within their own university or
by bundling coursework from different institutions. And more than one-half see the publishing world
evolving as a result of all these developments, with textbooks and printed documents eventually
being replaced by online materials. “The rise of online peer review may mean that some texts exist
exclusively in virtual form, where they can be updated and refined in real time,” says Linda O’Brien, CIO
of the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Author: Sandip Majumder

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