Whether it be the Gurukul system or the era of online classes, education has always had a unique way of teaching and learning throughout human existence. Education has evolved from value based learning to computer based learning. From staying in the aashram with the guru to the hostel system and from doodling in a black slate to typing in your laptop, we have definitely come a long way.
Education is upgrading and with the technological development we have achieved today, the upgrade has doubled its speed.
So, how is technology changing the world of higher education? Let’s see!
1. Access to information
Kofi Annan once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
With the pool of information that the internet provides so easily, students are powerful with knowledge. Students had to depend on teachers for little to big information for a long time. However, now the students can independently search for whatever they want to know and it’s all in their computer screen. With such easy access to information, the students learn faster and also more independently than they did before. This also makes the students more curious to learn and creative to think of new ideas.
2. Increasing Inclusivity in Education
The days are gone when education was just for the privileged ones. In today’s day and age, education is inclusive to everyone – regardless of any social, economical and physical differences.
Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison was born in an economically underprivileged family, but he went on to become a multi-billionaire worth $61.8 billion. He says he looked out for right opportunities, worked hard and educated himself to reach where he is today.
Stephen Hawking is a name in science we can not overlook. He managed to be renowned as one of the most intelligent minds in the world despite his physical disabilities.
We have well-built technology that has creative ways of providing education to everyone – whether it be someone with any form of physical disability or underprivileged social strata. Education does not discriminate anymore.
3. Multimedia and Augmented Reality in Education
Studying from just a book and noting things down on your notebook has become traditional now. Although no one is denying the use of these orthodox materials, the world needed a big update. Common estimates of the attention span of healthy teenagers and adults ranges from 10 to 20 minutes. In the aforementioned traditional method, the attention span is often transient and the students can’t refocus on what they have lost focus on.
Multimedia and Augmented Reality caters to the problem with focus on Selective Sustained Attention where the students have a larger attention span because of the auditory and visual attractiveness and their attention span is selective and sustained. This way, the students learn more and also stay entertained.
Technology makes education fun and also helps the human mind grasp more knowledge. Isn’t that what all teachers have been trying to do all this while?
4. Right to Information and Freedom of Expression
Technology is a human rights supporter. We are talking about technology changing the world of higher education. And one of the most important notion here is that technology is changing the society by catering to two of the most violated human rights, i.e. right to information and freedom of expression. Technology made it happen. We live in a world where a majority of people can access information and express their opinion in a safe and secure digital space through social media, personal blogs and online debates.
This provides the students with the liberty and confidence to debate and discuss. For example, Laura Ingraham is a popular host of Fox News. She had made a controversial statement on the United States Immigration Act. To which, many students went to Twitter to express and debate. If it wasn’t for technology, the opinions of these students would remain a part of family discussion of maybe just themselves.
Technology is making students more confident to express and debate and more critical to think through right to information and freedom to express.
5. Bridging the border gap
Online classes are super popular these days. Technology has advanced so much that you can easily take a course of your choice from the university of your dreams in the comfort of your home. You can even get a foreign university education from your own country. The mental and economical hassle and pressure of applying to a different state or country to acquire the education that you want is easily accessible.
Technology has become a bridge that eliminates border gap and redefines education.
In a nutshell, technology is changing the world of higher education. It is making the world open to bigger possibilities and it is enabling the students to think more creatively and make bigger goals. Technology is changing the face of the society by making education cool.