Technology is definitely helping the colleges to go beyond text-based and linear learning and acting as a positive catalyst for better student engagement. This is not only true for online colleges; even on-campus students are also utilizing the most of technology from within the confines of their brick-and-mortar schools. It won’t be an overstatement if we say technology is upgrading educational systems and more salient changes are underway. However, one of the prime differences between online colleges and campus-only colleges is that online schools are looking forward to explore more areas where technology can be incorporated whereas many on-campus schools are still lacking the right infrastructure to adopt educational technologies. Leave that apart, this blog explores four ways educational technology is improving the educational systems.
Better mock-up and demonstrative models
To understand a complex theorem, students used to do certain calculations based on already established facts and formulae, for a small instance. However, new-age technologies have changed the way pupils used to interpret and solve theorems. With 3D animated diagrams flashing on the computer screens of the students, it’s now become easier for the teachers to explain even the most complex things. Better mock-ups and models are now being built by the instructors with the help of new-age technologies.
Globally connected learners
Videoconferencing technologies have made it possible for the learners from different parts of the world to stay connected with each other and learn in collaboration with each other. This is beneficial for the learners who are geographically separated. For example, someone learning a foreign language can connect and chat with a native speaker who is in the same course for developing his language skills. This is in a way so much beneficial for the non-native learner. On the other hand, the native learner can also see how the foreigners interpret his language.
It was just unthinkable until a few years ago that students would access important information using a Wikiapp or something, would find a specific location using Google Maps, would schedule their study time and would find meanings of words in Thesaurus apps. But it has happened and the online learning world today is incomplete without these educational apps. Students can literally perform any task related to learnig using advanced apps made for Smartphone and other gen-y devices.
More accurate assessment
Human examiners have historically been criticized for taking bias decisions, incorrectly assessing the submitted answer papers and not going through the answer papers of the students. Human emotions and personal opinions used to reflect in the assessment done by human examiners. This is no more a problem in the online learning world where answer papers are checked by programmed mechanical assessors. Mechanical assessment ensures impartiality and accuracy.
These are just some instances of how educational technology is upgrading the existing systems and educationalists are high hoping that more advanced technologies will change the scenario completely in next four to ten years!