Blackboards and textbooks are becoming a thing of the past due to the growing presence of technology. Instead, laptops and smartphones are growing elements in education. As you think about going back to school, consider how technology impacts the college students today.
Extended Classroom Communities
Before technology, classrooms were limited to the boundaries of the school. With the help of technology, learning is extending beyond the walls of the classroom or library. At South College, we embrace digital classroom communities that benefit learning.
Digital platforms such as classroom blogs or social pages that unite peers are encouraged by students. In fact, many programs such as South College School of Pharmacy and South College Criminal Justice have Facebook pages for students to connect, ask questions and collaborate about ideas outside of class. Technology also allows facilitated study groups and brainstorming according to students outside schedules.
South College fully believes in non-traditional learning for the non-traditional student. While we still value on-campus resources for students, we also know the library and office hours are not always feasible while balancing work and families. That is why we try and provide students with digital resources as well as mobile apps, electronic submissions and web-based research.
Depending on your professor and the class, you may even have the option to learn from an interactive eBook or online learning.
The growing number of educational apps particularly impacts the modern student because you can find programs to help you study, improve healthy habits, organize your calendar and even help you budget through college.
You no longer have to wait days to ask your professor a question about the next assignment. Communication between students and professors is easier now than ever. With email and the student portal that South College provides, it is more convenient and efficient to communicate your education needs.
Plus, technology eliminates a time-lapse, so if you want to get feedback from peers or to collaborate on notes, you can. Many teachers find that students are more willing to participate and share documents when digital sharing is available. Win-win!
These are only a few ways that technology impacts the modern college student. There are many other educational differences in today’s world. Are you ready to go to school in this day and age? Find out the four most common questions non-traditional students ask before coming back to school.