Technically, higher education is always behind the times. Colleges and universities are developing the brightest minds of the future, but struggling to adapt to the needs of their faculty, staff, and students. In order to adequately educate the latest generation of college students, universities must recognize that they are holding back by not using the latest technology available.
Expert in higher education technology and founder of EdTech Connect, Jeff Dillon understands the need to adopt and use the latest technology in the market. Dillon started his career in higher education technology in the early 2000s and has grown over 20 years Experience managing complex and dynamic technology initiatives in colleges and universities.
Dillon was present in the development of Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, mobile evolution, and many other groundbreaking innovations of the early 2000s that had a huge impact on today’s technology, especially in the academic field.
However, Dillon says, “The world is moving fast now and higher education is lagging the private sector when it comes to innovation.”
One of the most important things higher education can do to improve its campus is adapting and adopting new technologies to keep them from falling behind the technological advances that are being made every day.
Classrooms of all ages have been forced to go online after the COVID-19 outbreak. Colleges and universities had to quickly switch to distance learning in the middle of the school year without warning. Distance learning would not have been possible without the right software or programs. Moving a small high school to distance learning is very different from a large state university with over 30,000 students, faculty, and staff.
“The pandemic has accelerated our expectations of what is possible in higher education,” says Dillon.
The shift to online learning on such a massive scale has opened the eyes of university and college executives to the value and importance of advanced technology. Situations like a pandemic don’t happen every day, but other situations that could affect an entire college or university at this level are a very real occurrence and the right technology can be the only way to effectively switch.
Colleges and universities are called “higher education” for a reason; You are a progressive institution that should be at the forefront in education but also in other aspects such as technology. People have recognized the demand for advanced technology in higher education and have created technology companies that are solely dedicated to serving the higher education market.
For example, large-scale learning relies on the art of lecturing, but now educators are realizing that it might make more sense to “turn their classrooms around” using asynchronous learning, by pre-recording lectures and having students pre-record the lecture Have to repeat lessons. Then the personal teaching time can be used for questions or doing homework with access to the professor and colleagues.
“With the world’s information now available to us, the college-campus experience needs to focus on how we use that information,” says Dillon, “how we connect and why diversity matters.”
Asynchronous learning also allows students to have more control over their personal schedules. For example, many students have part-time jobs while studying, and access to a recorded lecture gives the working student more flexibility.
This also applies to students who are employed during the school year or want to do internships and have access to their courses in the evening without restricting themselves to fully online universities.
According to Dillon, accessibility is more important than ever in the educational community as so much content has been put online and society has recognized the need for those who face additional barriers to easily access what the average person does. Higher education as a whole is responding to this change by making changes, such as ensuring that their website is keyboard navigable, videos are subtitled, and photos are descriptive.
There are several companies that are recognizing this need in higher education and have developed software that can, for example, monitor or report problems or generate live subtitles during a virtual lecture. Another reason for introducing new technology into higher education is the use of chatbots that can answer a range of questions.
This can be applied in individual courses so that students who are too shy to ask questions during class can go to a chatbot and find frequently asked questions and answers, or this can be applied at a higher level e.g. B. in vocational counseling or admission. There are endless opportunities for the advancement of higher education technology that would allow more faculty and staff to better support their students.
“Even if it’s not easy because education is such a well thought-out and complex process,” says Dillon, “the way our students build a knowledge base for their future should be at least as interesting as their interaction with the rest of the world School the world. “
Higher education clearly needs to adapt to and adopt new technologies in order to remain a cutting-edge institution and serve its students well. The first thing universities should do is take a look at their current software and identify its weaknesses. Institutions should then examine the solutions available and employ the technology that best suits their specific needs.
Published on September 11, 2021