THE INFLUENCE OF INTERNET ON EDUCATION
Internet is described as the greatest trailblazer of change in human life than any invention of human history. Its profound impact has changed everything from our shopping styles to communication methods. Education is one aspect of human life which has truly been metamorphosed by this wonderful tool of technology.
The most precious gift of internet to mankind is accumulation of entire human knowledge at one place and made access to it in the range of just one finger click. It has immensely transformed all the three aspects of education i.e. how to learn, what to learn and from where to learn .Let’s check out some of the wonders internet is doing in the realm of education.
For people who seek to learn, world is now truly a global village. The education for them is now not confined to brick and mortar boundaries of a school, college or university. It is now achievable from any corner of the world 24/7 in the coziness and luxury of one’s home.
Who is not aware of online courses? It is a phenomenon making progress in leaps and bounds. There are many on line courses now available to students in any discipline. The good thing is that many of these are free.
One free on line courses system is called MOOCS (Massive online open courses).This system is flexible and caters to not only youth but senior citizens, housewives and employees of any organization to learn new skills and polish their skill sets.
The real benefits of online courses relate to mobility, flexibility, acceptability and affordability.
Mobility: Physical presence at place of learning is no more a hazard.
Flexibility: Courses can be taken at the desired pace of learners.
Affordability: Mostly free and others are very low cost.
Acceptability: Greater acceptance by employers
Distance education has also enhanced interaction among peer groups, access to experts and mentors and connectivity with people undergoing same learning process, anywhere under the sun.
Modalities of educating people are being changed at a great pace
The ways and means of educating people are now in the flux for improvement. Innovative technologies are being introduced every now and then facilitating teachers and students. The use of gaming technologies for education has reached a new height. Social media and educational websites are offering interactive platforms to learn through collaboration.
The growth of learning libraries is evident of the fact that students are greatly relying on internet knowledge repositories. They can now obtain any kind of information at any time and on any kind of device of their choice. Some of the emerging trends are as follows:
Digital and interactive class rooms: This trend is increasingly becoming popular, as state of the art technology is being used for interactive learning through simulation, gaming technology, videos etc.
The digital classrooms emphasizing interactive behavior, promote independent thinking, critically analyzing, questioning and enquiring in learners.
There has been a greater emphasis by educators and experts to give tailor made personalized education to each learner. The concept of one-size-fits-all educational system is now being criticized for not considering individual’s learning needs. The experts say that each student is unique and requires being educated at different pace and with student-centered approach.
Let’s listen to what Julie Mathiesen, Director of technology in education and innovation in TIE has to say about customized learning. She states that true education reform is to redesign student learning through tailored instruction for each student according to specific needs and interests.
Learning is now more collaborative than ever before. Teachers equipped with digitalized educational technologies offer more collaborative programs from simple MCQ’s and quizzes to more developed project designing .
Interactive whiteboards are increasingly being used in class rooms for the purpose of collaborative learning. This innovation allows media content to be mixed with lectures. Images can be projected on white interactive boards from computer and lecturer can use his fingers as mouse. He can copy paste and save any information and data. Notes and drawings can also be added to information on white boards. The lecturer can highlight any text in order to emphasize any points he want to be attended specifically by learners.
How are these white boards collaborative in nature? The lecturer can call any student on board and ask him to interact with it. The entire class and lecturer can suggest changes and additions which can be done directly on board for either to be handed over to students in printed form or to be saved at university’s portal for future use.