Friday, 3 May 2013

Education to get more Reasonable with the Evolution of Technologies

The internet based tools are indeed making news among the education reformers. In fact, they are now saying with confidence that the initiation of web-based tools will surely help a huge number of students earn their college degrees within their means. In order to pace up the process, the California legislators are just waiting for the legislation required for universities and public colleges to offer credit for certified online courses including those offered free on behalf of Udacity.

University of Maryland to Offer Four Free Cour...
University of Maryland to Offer Four Free Courses Through Coursera
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Technology to strengthen the world of education

Although online education is not a new phenomena, the unstoppable wave of technology might well create a stir in the traditional educational modes and bring drastic changes in the way the brick and mortar universities operate. One of the senior researchers of an academic institution said that this might surely result in an eruption that is consequently going to help the students. In fact, the new partnership built between San Jose State University and Udacity would probably be the initial tremor.

Online enrolment figures are bettering with time

The standardised web-based courses have already been complemented by San Jose State University, and the on-campus students can now take those courses for credit and earn their degrees online. The Babson Survey Research Group said that over 90% of the public colleges have offered online programmes already a decade ago. However, the enrolment figures have soared with the passage of time. Nearly 32% of the students were found enrolled in institutions granting degrees were found to take a minimum of at least one online programme by the year 2011.

Online learning – a safest valve

In reality, there are several factors that have driven this shift. Technology played a key role in helping starters to access interactive software applications and high-quality videos. Moreover, cost emerged to be the motivating factor since the figures from the federal government showed that the expenditure of an undergraduate soared by over 30% at private schools and around 42% at the public institutions. Moreover, New York’s Federal Reserve Bank found that over 70% of the students took help of loans.

State governments in this respect have considered online programmes to be the safest valve. This will help students meet their academic goals within their means since they will not have to raise taxes, said president of Spenser Foundation based in Chicago. In fact, it was in the late 1990s when the potential for savings provoked a group of governors to establish the Western Governors University, which now holds about 38,000 students comprising a huge number of working adults looking forward to polish their careers.

San Jose State University to take positive attempts

San Jose State University
San Jose State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The success story of MOOCs is not new. Today, a good number of elite colleges offer these Massive Open Online Courses to students and working professionals. However, experts said that higher education won’t be affected by these programmes unless they will be accepted for credit and properly implemented into classrooms. Well, San Jose State University is taking attempts to fulfil both these purposes.

The edX collaboration has generated hopes in enhancing students’ performance levels while the Udacity partnership has kept its focus on lessening the costs and sustain the educational standards. Well, implementations will continue, but what will remain essential on behalf of the students is their proper attention that will let them sustain pace with their educators and classmates.

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