TheUse of Online Technology in Higher Learning
Nowadays,while with the rising development of technologies, the way of givingeducations has evolved steadily. According to the quote from esteemededucator, author, and public speaker David Warlick, “there is theneed for technology in every lecture rooms. And in most students andteachers’ hand, because the way of operation today. Technology isthe lens through which we experience much of our world” (UltimateGuide to the paperless classroom). We no longer restrict ourselves togaining knowledge from only paper technology has opened a broad newroad for us to have easy access to see and learn the knowledge thisworld has offered. While there are some shortcomings exist, to makestudents have a better understanding of the courses and learningmaterials, the use of online technologies should be broadly appliedto higher education institutions in Canada. Implement onlineeducation technology offers an efficient, convenient, andcollaboration focused study platform, gives excellent opportunitiesto access high-quality online resources, and provides education atlower costs.
Theuse of online education technology for teaching and learning inuniversities offers a great study platform that is convenient,collaborative, and efficient. Firstly, it gives significant help tostudents who face difficulties with in-class education: “Onlinecourses are replacing the on-campus experience of students, butrather providing opportunities for increased flexibility. Theavailability of a selected number of high-quality online courses canallow students to take a part of their education while on placement.The placements can be in a distant or remote location, at a time thathelps to balance family demands, or from another institution”(Regehr, 709). In other words, with certain online courses provided,students receive the chance to have more options to pursue theirstudies with easier access and more flexible schedules. Moreover, theformat of blended courses, such as an online forum either in-class orafter-class promotes collaboration and coordination between studentsand instructors. “Active student engagement in the learningexperience through such activities as student-led discussions, peerassistance and case study analysis. Interactivity through suchactivities as collaborative research papers and the presence of bothstudents and professors in online interactions”(Regehr,709). Often, when having face-to-face interactions, professors do nothave enough time to discuss and answer students’ questions one byone. The answers are also in the limited time allowed in this case,the online forum allows students to initiate questions anytime andreceive answers effectively. The advantage of online study platformis that it gives students opportunities to interact with other peersand instructors actually in the process of learning. For instance,instructors can post relative questions in the forum then, studentsshare their thoughts regarding the questions. Other students can evencomment on peers’ answers, which lead to a significant discussinglearning environment. Besides, some students are more comfortablewith the online course learning environment. Some students tend toavoid or ignore the questions they have during classes on campus,simply because they do not feel comfortable about speaking in public.When the questions pile up, students start to lose interest andunderstanding of the course, which could lead to failure of thecourse. However, when individuals are doing courses online, they arelearning knowledge within their comfort zones and have no fear ofraising questions online so that they can study efficiently andeffectively. Broadening online education among universities mayenhance students’ motivation and efficiency.
Throughonline technology in higher learning, colleges and universities canexpect more innovation from their students as they will have enoughtime and to research outside classroom (Christensen & Henry, 25).When students expose themselves to many information that areavailable online, they improve their thinking ability. Students alsodevelop in their way of thinking hence improving their chances ofcoming up with new ideas about things they learn in class and online.Students will not need to sit down in classrooms to listen to theirlectures as it used to happen long ago. By use of online platforms,contents of the lectures can be pre-recorded, and core issues reachedby students anytime at their places of residence. The access of thelectures can be anywhere, and as many times as the students may need.The situation, therefore, implies that students can now decide to useclassrooms attendance time to argue and discuss the lecture contents.The students can organize themselves into a revision groups ordiscussion groups n handle their respective exercises or questions.Since online platforms provide faculty information or notes withlearner analytics, different departments now have greater data onpeople that are learning, what these people learn and how they dotheir learning in other parts. Therefore, classroom course work cannow be set aside for innovation. The change will help in creatingopportunities. The opportunities will come in as colleges anduniversities continue to research on how useful they can format theirlearning process in the digital age. The researchers will be donewhile colleges are re-thinking on how to better their use ofclassroom time and space available.
Onlinetechnology application in higher education will see the cost ofeducation relatively reduce. The cost reduction will lower the burdenon people seeking knowledge but lack enough money to pay for theexpensive old system (McDonald & Leo, 257). A faculty is one ofthe greatest costs of higher education. Most colleges anduniversities do have the notion that faculty will increasingly reacha larger number of students, and this imply that per unit cost ofteaching a student could start to reduce through online technology.But only if the institutions will be in a position to achieve same orbetter learning outcomes from the old system of faculty, is whenmoving lecture content online will solve the cost problem for thestudents. Through sound experiments and research on how onlinetechnology used appropriately, there will be improved chances ofinstitutions developing their system by embracing new onlineapplications in teaching (Kim & Curtis, 22). When the onlinesystem appropriately and the school comes up with the necessarymeasure to regulate what reach their students online as part of thelecture contents, the cost of education can be lowered. The firststep that colleges need to adopt is to nurture faculty across theircountry to embrace online technology teachings in school. And aftercolleges around the country have accepted the system, the country maysee a shift in the field of education at a relatively lower cost.Senior managers, students, decision-makers and other stakeholders arelikely to develop an interest in the kind of efficiency benefits thatcontribute to the reduction of costs. Reduce costs will be of benefitto the school as there will be an increasing student numbers.Student`s expectations will also be met in a friendly manner andincrease the competitive advantage as other schools may have adoptedthe same system or also on the road towards the system. The staffsthat are involved more directly in the teaching and support ofstudents in other ways are likely to benefit from the potentialtransformational benefits attached to the system adopted by theschool. However, what is frequent in practice is that technology isused to copy or supplement ancient activities. (McDonald & Leo,259) After examining the embrace of technology for education inCalifornia, it is observed that the overwhelming majority of teachersemployed the technology. The teachers applied the technology tosustain existing patterns of teaching rather than to innovate. Only atiny percentage of high school and university teachers used the newtechnologies to accelerate student-centered and project-basedteaching practices.
Inconclusion, one would, therefore, argue that adopting onlinetechnology system will be of advantage for higher learninginstitutions. Colleges and universities will a lot of benefitsattached to the new system on technology. Students and lecturers willbe both winners in the system as their workload will be reduced.Students do also get a better chance to interact with their peers ina more friendly environment that classrooms or lecture halls wherethe lecturer is always the always the primary controller of thehouse. Students that don’t feel comfortable to engage theirprofessors find better ways of working with peers and accessing someuseful information online on lectures. The rich of the onlinetechnology system makes it worth in the higher education system. Eventhough, in some schools and colleges, some students may not use theonline system for the intended purposes, colleges’ administrationshould come up with measures to address such challenges. The redresswill be for them to continue enjoying the benefits of onlinetechnology in higher learning education. Therefore, besides the fewchallenges that face the introduction of online technology in highereducation institutions, it is still a better alternative to improvingthe level of education at a relatively lower cost.
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