The use of Technology in Higher Education

Over the past few years technology has made a huge shift in the primary, secondary and higher education as well as to how students adopt these technologies for their course work. It is clear that British universities have realised the importance of adopting modern technology, as well as to increase their expertise and investing largely into virtual learning system, online learning management systems and providing the lectures rooms with the modern and latest technology. This in turn has enabled universities to becoming much more hands-on and in recognising the added value that these virtual and learning online systems that can make to the student learning experience better. There are many online resources, for example online reading material, journal databases access, lectures slides, discussion forums just to name a few.

Although, there are still large number of students who find the transition to higher education (i.e. universities) strenuous until they become accustomed to the academic language, the concept of independent learning and class room participation. The student experience is under developed in regard to adopting and using technology for educational purposes. For example, submitting an assignment online, using various learning management systems and virtual learning environments to name a few.

A number of students perceived the sole purpose of using the technology is to access the online media such as using social network, instant messaging and audio/video to name a few. In general, students have reported that depending on what training they have undergone or is available to them in adopting and using e-learning resources has had or will have a significant impact on their overall e-learning experience whilst studying at university either it’s being in a positive or negative way.

Additionally, many university students (i.e. academic literature) have also highlighted the complexity of adopting new learning styles and teaching methods all through the student’s studies. It is therefore, apparent that students still believe to some extent the best learning method is the traditional way of face-to-face learning and the delivering of lectures by academic staff in the conventional classroom environment. This enables the students to engage with other students and teachers as well as receiving prompt feedback if and when required.

 

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