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    How technology impacts today’s higher education

    By Elisa Marton|23rd Jun 2017
    Education
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    Technology has revolutionized our lives in many ways. Education is one of the highly affected area amongst all that adopted technology. In many colleges and universities, students take advantage of right kind of technology and get the most out of every learning opportunity.

    In current world, students have not been restricted to the walls of classroom. They are accepting the latest trend of technology adoption in higher education institutions. Online education has become the biggest norm within no time. Also, it has introduced some advanced educational technologies that made learning a lot more interactive.

    Whether an accredited life experience degree, a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, or else; higher education is targeted towards professional development due to the revolutionizing trends of learning. They are:

    • Learning Management System (LMS)

    • Video (Streaming and Live)

    • Collaboration platforms (Group and Remote Work)

    • Big Data/ Data Visualization

    Here, we’ll be putting thoughts on how these trends are affecting the today’s learning.

    Learning Management System

    Many universities and educational institutes follow learning management system to plan, assess, facilitate, and monitor students’ learning process. It is a great software that the resources, learning content, and course preparation. Plus, universities are now capable of tracking various activities of students from different perspectives with the help of LMS.

    Most importantly, the educational institutes use LMS to calculate and present the grades of students on a virtual wall conveniently.

    Video

    In our technology-driven workspace, the video has become a key player in the field of education. Pre-recorded videos and webinars are some of the examples, which had made online learning much more flexible, efficient, and effective. Both live and streaming videos have enabled universities to provide thousands of students with online courses from remote locations. Those who are comfortable with the AV equipment intended to be prepared for future careers.

    Collaboration Platforms

    Many education models including online learning, collaborative models, blended and hybrid learning are heading towards new collaborative processes. Also, the online learning environment of these models is intended to extend to all courses, make academic content more dynamic, flexible, and accessible. Hence, the collaboration encourages students to engage and interact with each other while working on their assessments as well as different projects.

    Big Data/ Data Visualization

    Data analysis has always been a crucial part of higher education. When universities intend to combine Big Data with mobile consumer technology, they are enabled to facilitate students with some new ways of grasping the concepts that they learn. Using the technology like Big Data or Data Visualization in higher education helps in releasing complex datasets of environment, and turn them into commercially practical ideas.

    The latest technologies have made higher education generate more relatable knowledge in a way where it is accessible to every individual student. Hence, it allows instructors to focus on providing maximum support to their students.

    Conclusion

    Likely mentioned earlier, technology has a great impact on every aspect of life, and education has no exception in it. In earlier times, books were very rare and only a few had an access to the opportunity of learning. But now, e-learning has removed all the barriers of culture. It creates such an interactive platform for students where they can communicate with peers and professors much better than a traditional classroom. They are given equal opportunities to share their opinions on a particular subject.

    Technology is a powerful tool that has ability to support and transform education in several ways. From introducing new instructional methods for teachers to making people learn and work altogether, everything has been dawned in the field education. The emergence of educational technologies have made learning accessible for everyone everywhere equally.

    The latest technology has opened up equal opportunities of communication and collaboration for students and professors. They can share study material, discuss on different forums, and talk about the learning schedule through emails. Unlike traditional learning, gaining knowledge has not been limited to the walls of a classroom only.

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