From New York to New Delhi, technology has become an essential part of life. Construction workers, lawyers and stay at home moms use technology more than ever to keep them connected to the office, work, or home. Now, even students are staying connected to school and coursework using technology that allows them to view coursework or lectures online and on their mobile devices.
College and university degree programs are creating programs that allow students to complete all of their coursework outside of a classroom environment. Now, many degree programs can be completed in an online format, from start to finish. Having the ability to complete a degree program outside of classroom restraints can help students better attend to other needs outside of school, like work and family, while still enabling the pursuit of a college degree.
It’s now more common for cell phones to be used for data instead of just phone calls. People who are enrolled in school are often using their cellular devices to access classroom material, and colleges are reacting to the trend with applications that allow even more access. Now even lectures can be watched on cell phones, and students don’t need to fall behind because they can look at material from anywhere.
Many students may start out using the devices as learning tools solely for personal gain, not necessarily in a degree-seeking program. They may utilize their devices to pursue personal interests such as a cooking class, or brushing up on Spanish. They may decide to take a continuing education class to keep their professional skills up to date.
Taking classes like this may be very helpful to students before they decide on the online degree program they want to pursue. Not only will it help them to become comfortable with the technology, but it may also help them become more familiar with the challenges of academic life. This approach may be especially helpful to students who have been out of the classroom environment for a number of years.
Using this technology could also have an added bonus at work, because students may find themselves becoming more proficient in their technical skills. Using skills from school while at work can help in forging a smoother career path and as a confidence- building tool. Employers may begin to notice a change in a student’s abilities and levels of skill and confidence.
Additionally, students will have the benefit of utilizing their free time at work to complete studies, like on their lunch hour. Once students have become more comfortable with utilizing technology in this new way, they may be ready to take the plunge and enroll in a degree-seeking program that is completely online. They will have the ability to access coursework, some in the form of lectures, not only on their computers, but on their cell phones or other Wi-Fi enabled devices from wherever they are.
Just the way the industrial revolution changed life for people around the world, the technology revolution is doing the same. The difference is that technology is now also affecting the way people are being educated, and these new changes will have a lasting impact that will be felt for decades, and even centuries, to come. For the first time in history, through online degree programs there is a better chance that all people can have a chance at an education, and that may truly change the future of the world. The partnering of online graduate schools and technology is one that is rooted in advancing the human mind.