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January 09, 2020

How Technology Is Changing College Life

Technology has transformed and simplified many areas of our lives and is almost ingrained in daily human experience. More than we have ever imagined, technology has also transformed how the classroom experience and streamlined learning to make it easier for teachers and students. 

Traditional methods of learning are becoming outdated as tech tools are integrated into the classroom as opposed to being a distraction. New innovations have replaced the blackboard and the notebooks and interactive technology have allowed learners and teachers to interact in a practical way. 

At every level of schooling, technology is being used to impart learning and skills to students. In the college environment, it has become even more popular for real-time and immersive learning. 

Long-distance education and globalization

Integrating technology into the classroom allows for more access to an international platform. Many colleges are now able to create interactive, virtual classroom platforms for long-distance learning. At the college level, students can enroll in international colleges and gain the best educational experience. 

In terms of the classroom environment, certain experiences can come alive in the classroom. In recent years, colleges and universities have offered eLearning experiences that have globalized access to some of the world's top learning institutions. 

Online learning opportunities also allow high school students to take courses for extra credits or to gain an understanding of what to expect once they are in college. 

Assisting differently-abled students

A challenge in many colleges has been accommodating students who may be disabled or handicapped, whether temporarily or permanently. Instead of having to travel all the way to campus, tools like linking the lecture hall to an online learning platform allows students to attend class without physically being present. 

The simplification of access also ensures that a student is up to date if they are unable to physically attend school and do their coursework online. 

Saving the environment

With the influence of technology, colleges can now go paperless and simply use electronic devices to communicate course content. The growing awareness around ensuring saving the environment has led to many institutions going paperless. eBooks are more popular than ever. eBooks allows students to carry fewer books when going to class.

The online platforms where students can sell and buy textbooks are also highly popular. It leads to the optimum use of a textbook and reduces the need to buy new ones.

Easier regulation and interaction with the lecturer

In the past, it may have been difficult for a lecturer to keep up with questions or assist students who are struggling. Through the use of emails and interactive learning platforms, it becomes easier to track student progress and highlight improvements and red flags where necessary. 

Even for long-distance learners, contact with lecturers is simplified and usually done through email or a live learning platform. 

Simplified and unified note-taking

At times, taking notes is a really tricky task for a student and they may struggle with jotting down fast enough or understanding what is being communicated by the teacher. This can lead to a lot of frustration. Now, devices there are different ways to capture notes such as taking a photo. 

In more synchronized tech-driven classrooms, notes will be automatically added and categorized in the student's phone or smart device linked to the classroom. 

Easy access means cheaper education

Across the world, the call for colleges to provide affordable education is mounting and technology is responding to this need. Online tuition is one of the strategies that ensure a cheap and reasonably priced tuition is available for a student from any background. 

Furthermore, tech tools allow for more affordable ways to learn and less pressure is applied to having to buy too much study material and textbooks.


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