30% Of Students Have To Help Their Instructors With Technology
Technology is really changing the way students perceive education and much of the methodologies that they use to accept it. It has also made today’s student a knowledge powerhouse, giving them the skills even their instructors don’t have. Facebook and Twitter are now considered a must-have by most if not all students.
A recent study of college students concluded a mix bag of results surrounding technology and its efficacy with the helping with educating students. The so-called hybrid mix of teaching (50% classroom and 50% online) was found to be beneficial to most students—even preferred. But a whopping 30% of students said that their instructors were absolutely useless with technology and can’t cope unless students help them figure things out.
This gap in knowledge with regards to instructor competence causes obvious friction in the teaching process. If students want to incorporate technology more in their learning, and the instructors are incapable of facilitating this, there might be a drop-off somewhere in efficiency.
Colleges themselves too have to raise their game and make technology a big part of their setup because over 60% of students said they wouldn’t attend a college unless it had free WiFi. Finding the right balance won’t be easy, and colleges and students will need at some point to strike a compromise. While technology has helped improve the way we do things, it has also impacted negatively human interaction. This needs to be resolved if the use of technology is going to be a sustainable endeavour.
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