Colleges Embracing The Digital Classroom
Five New Technologies Changing The Way We Learn
Here is an excerpt from the Singularity University Blog written by Raya Bidshari, that explores why the digital classroom, one technology changing the way we learn, will be embraced by all colleges and universities:
College Digital Classroom
We are seeing the rise of massive open online courses, also known as MOOCs. Last year, there were 58 million students enrolled in MOOCs with 700 universities across thousands of courses. Many of these courses, including those offered by prestigious universities are available for free, many with official institutional accreditation.
Digital learning breaks the physical limitations of the traditional classroom and allows an educator to reach millions of students from around the world at a minimal cost.”
Even in traditional classrooms, this access to online information has transformed the learning experience. Today’s innovative teaching methods involve blended learning, which includes a mix of classroom learning and online learning. For instance, students will watch online instructional videos at home while classroom time is focused on problem-solving and collaborative activities. This also gives students control over the time, pace, and place of their learning.
The Future of Education
In a world of accelerating change, “disrupt or be disrupted” is the way to stay relevant. We are seeing a surge of education and technology companies that are offering innovative solutions at minimal costs. The traditional educational bodies will have no choice but to adapt and integrate these technologies or fall behind as emerging organizations offer better services.
Ultimately our education system is a direct reflection of our values as a civilization. What and how we teach future generations will have a powerful impact on the kind of world we live in.
As American educational reformer John Dewey said, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”
Read about the other four tech trends at the Singularity University Blog: