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Technology in Education - Welcome a Paradigm Shift in Education
Technology influencing the way we live and work is now getting into the league of education to bring upon a massive change in the way we learn. Undeniably, the role technology plays in transforming education is all-pervading. Learning in today’s age witnessed a paradigm shift that moved on from the traditional classroom setting to the realm of the virtual world. Technology in education has created the platform for today’s individuals to survive through the odds of the corporate sector that with time is being dependent on skill-oriented individuals. However, integration of technology in learning is not only restricted to professionals but is also spread among students.
From high schools, colleges, to universities, integration of technology is found in every level of learning. It is not only the classroom setting but also the world of distance learning that benefits from the technological integration. While technology in the classroom has led to better learning experiences driving in more fun and interest, learning via distance is said to have benefited by going digital. It has certainly made learning more accessible and flexible allowing the professionals to develop performance-oriented skills without compromising on the professional commitments. Technology integrated education, be it through a traditional or distance set-up readies the student for the advanced world offering him or her with the edge in learning.
A professional seeking to enroll for a MBA qualification to develop his skills for surviving through the industry can now go for it without affecting his or her professional commitments. Technological integration in learning has pushed the approach of distance education a little further by transpiring it into the digital world. This has made learning more accessible and flexible, as the learner now carries school with him. From logging on to the class, accessing the e-library, communication with the instructor, submitting assignments, and putting up discussions in the board – the virtual classroom set-up is just a click away.
Integration of information and communication technology in learning helps in developing a flexible schedule helping the student and the instructor create their own learning module. Technology in learning has incorporated advantages for both the educational institute and the students. Offering the educational world a global exposure, the integration has developed a support service beneficial for the students that include admission process, academic counseling, academic career guidance, library support, and information queries. This support service other than assisting the traditional educational environment also helps in creating a communication channel between the teacher and student over a virtual set-up in distance learning.
Integration of technology in learning helps in earning credentials for career-oriented disciplines like MBA and other related disciplines. Not only through distance learning, tech- enabled learning in classrooms also helps in developing the skills better , as it is considered to drive in more interest enhancing the retention power of an individual. Here is a quick look at some of the major highlights or benefits of integrating technology in the classroom in both physical and virtual setting.
· Tech-infused learning in initiating better information exchange and enhanced communication skill builds better educational environment coupled with interaction, visualization, and graphical representations
· Live conferencing and video conferencing through improved satellite system help in building a connection between the teacher and students surpassing geographical boundaries
· The dominance of Internet technology in education is exemplary, as it assists in incorporating the traditional classroom environment over the virtual set-up allowing self-paced learning and personal enrichment.
· E-mail and other enhanced communication tools have made interaction between teacher and student easier ensuring greater feedback approaches. It also helps in connecting to your peers without being present in a physical classroom setting.
Integration of technology in learning assists in developing the newly popularized model of blended learning. This form of learning has been the newest invention of technological advancement that allows to blends face-to face learning and digital learning into one. This form of learning without a doubt leverages the use of technology in the classroom making learning more fun and interesting. This also helps in the environment of distance learning, especially in career-oriented disciplines like MBA where you set up a classroom ambiance over the virtual setting.
Technology in education is helping the educational institutes look beyond the environment of linear and text-based learning engaging the students in a better learning environment. The role of technology has advanced from being restricted into “computer classroom” into a resourceful learning tool that holds the potential of changing the entire concept of learning. Advanced integration of technology in both traditional school environment and distance learning can change the way of assigning projects, demonstration concepts, explaining scientific ideas, and assessing the progress of a learner. The advancement of technology in the years to come features the possibilities of turning education digital.
Regardless of such thriving opportunities that can bring around such a massive change in our learning, initiating positive benefits; schools and colleges are still away from adapting technology in education universally. However, with change being upfront which side do you wish to take?