As published by Examiner.com
Smart phones, tablets, laptops and social media have changed the way we function in our lives and in society. They have made connecting with people and the world around us easier, and have created a new way of communicating. Because this change in the way we interact with each other has influenced all of our lives, it also makes sense that social technology has also changed the way we approach education.
Tackling reports by researching for weeks inside of a library has sort of become the thing of the past now that entire collections of academic journals and textbooks have been uploaded online. Students can reach information faster than ever before, and with the help of special software, email and social media they can also stay connected with their teachers and the classroom outside of their desk sitting inside those four walls.
Recently this connection to the classroom has even seen greater strides. In 2012 MOOC, or the Massive Open Online Course, was introduced to offer more opportunities for building academic credits for students of higher education online. The online courses benefit students economically while managing to offer more students the ability to enroll in the courses they need. The key for this success is the offering of more affordable and accessible online education for students of top tier universities.
Instead of hoping for an extra seat inside of a large auditorium to hear a lecture students are able to listen to pre-recorded content whenever and wherever they want. Time in the classroom can be used instead to elaborate on specific portions of the lecture and for more important discussion, as one would do in a hybrid program.
This technology, along with the existing technology that aid hybrid programs, can continue to influence higher education and make it more accessible for the next generation. We can reach more minds, spread more information and create more opportunities for people all over the world, and we have to do is incorporate more of our existing technology into the programs already implemented in our education system.