Young Minds of Tomorrow: How Technology is Changing College Education By Lizzie Weakley

Technological advancements are changing our lives more each day, especially in the arena of college education. It is important for those working in and consuming college education to gain a solid understanding of how to navigate these changes.




The Growing Need for Education in Technology

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of the available jobs in the U.S. require basic technological skills. The number of these jobs and the level of the required skills are both projected to increase. Additionally, technology is quickly replacing tasks formerly completed by humans directly, such as product assembly and customer service representation. This is creating a demand for technology-based careers in many fields and, therefore, technology-based college education degrees. Fortunately, there are many options for pursuing these degrees in a wide variety of disciplines through institutions such as the Interactive College of Technology.

Technology Has a Place in All Disciplines

Even students who wish to pursue the most low-tech degrees and career paths must get on board the technology train! Almost every college education course today requires that students obtain information and complete assignments via online learning platforms. The most commonly used platforms are Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle. These platforms are incredibly helpful for organizing course content, making course content portable via any electronic device that connects to the Internet, and providing a reliable method of contact between students and instructors. They even contain group messaging features that can be helpful when working on group projects.

Beyond this technological component of face-to-face classes, all colleges and universities are now offering online courses and even online degrees to make it more convenient for prospective students who either can’t or would rather not attend classes on campus. This offers students and college professionals the benefit of flexibility in schedule and location, making it easier for students to pursue college education while working, maintaining commitments to family, and living with differing abilities. Even the one drawback to online education – lack of direct and hands-on contact with instructors, peers, and material – is becoming a concern of the past thanks to technological advances in video conferencing and multimedia instruction.

The changes technology is bringing to college education can be a little intimidating, but they are ultimately meant to help and make education more convenient for students. If you are considering going back to school, be sure to consider how technology might make that decision a little easier for your future.