Optimizing Technology in Higher Education


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Campus Technology shared a discussion on the potential ways technology can be used to benefit the students of higher education. There are debates on VR/AR and how those innovations can improve the engagement level in students. There’s no disagreement here, VR/AR will be a fantastic way to promote active learning through its dynamically emergent interfaces; however, there’s no timetable on when or how schools will allocate the funds to afford these types of technology. In retrospect, there are still many mobile applications such as, Quizlet, which promotes active learning through its intuitive interface as a helpful study guide.

A member of the discussion, education futurist, Daniel Christian, asserted, “the big question: Are our current systems of teaching and learning going to be able to address and handle this new pace of change? Based upon what I have been seeing with the majority of traditional institutions of higher education (certainly not all of our institutions), the answer is no. Not a chance. Too often we operate in a reactive mode vs. a proactive one. Instead of actively surveying the various landscapes of our world, we seem to have our heads and eyes pointed straight down, unaware of the changes going on around us. So we aren’t responding; at least not in significant ways.”If we consider the different cultures, ideas, and iterations, technology is, most definitely, changing at a fast pace. Traditional education, by itself, is not enough to prepare students; however, it can be if students know how supplement their learning with aspirations to improve the current technology we have readily available.

For the whole discussion, please visit the main article at Campus Technology