Higher Education: Then vs Now

Over the years education has evolved, resulting in massive usage of new age technologies in the education system. The methods used in the past are now being used with new technologies and specializations. 

The youth is not anymore confined to the policies that were designed earlier. They are eager to know more and are always striving for a better opportunity to learn. 

Then vs Now

If we are talking about our future, we should always consider our past. There are many things from the past that we should consider in our present and future education system. The most important of all is, change happens quickly. “Then” it was more theory based, and “now” it is more practical. Vocational courses are making their way to the new system. The earlier assignment was all about finding two, three good books and making a project out of it. Now, everything that you need to make an assignment is just a click away. “Then” there was textbook; now most of the students have access to Kindle. Smart-boards are being used instead of regular chalkboards. All of the systems have become faster; we use smarter devices now. Digital books are now more relevant in education when everyday information is upgrading. The future is heading towards access anywhere, anytime, and Industry 4.0 is the next destination for education. 

Advantages of digitization in education:

Reach & Accessibility: The accessibility of digitization is vast, and it allows education to reach every nook and corner of society. Students can access lessons 24/7, which allows them flexible learning timings.

Knowledge Dissemination: The reach and accessibility of digitization in the education system make knowledge dissemination easy. Also, there is no good or bad institution in digital education; you can choose for yourself what you want to read. Earlier, the primary agenda of education was about ensuring security in future, getting rich, but now it’s more about knowledge, the urge to know the unknown.

Independent learning: The internet is full of information. Anything and everything can be found online, and this information can be used whenever required. 

Real Time: The conventional ways of studying are not always updated, but technology makes it easy for students to find anything which is updated and real time.

More engaging and exciting: Digitization in education made it clear that it is more engaging and interesting to learn with the help of technology than the older ways.

But there will also be some not so pleasant side of everything. Many people also believe that hi-tech education hampers the steps involved in the learning process. 

Disadvantages of digitization in education:

Lack of focus in the study: Because everything is now available online, students might lose interest in the natural process of learning.

Technical problems: Technical problems, computer malfunctions can cause students to lose valuable documents. Internet speed, device problems can also make the situation difficult for a student.

Less social interaction: Technology can make social interaction harder for students. If they are more confined to the device they are using, they won’t be able to connect to the real world.

Credibility: Things that we see on the internet can not always be a hundred percent credible. Content that we found is often misleading.

Technology in the education system doesn’t mean they will replace conventional ways of teaching. Instead, it can help in improving the ways that students are being taught nowadays. It can help in making the procedure innovative with better scopes for higher education. There will always be advantages and disadvantages in everything, but proper implementation and knowledge can always make digitization a better option in the education system.

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