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How technology increases effectiveness in online education


We are more than simply a YouTube generation. Baby boomers are growing older, and the country is rapidly becoming more advanced. Younger generations are foregoing children and families to further their careers and education—all at seemingly incalculable speeds.

With the increase of social media, YouTube shorts, “my minute of fame,” and instant gratification among mediums it’s easy to see why education in its formal setting is taking a back seat to comfort. What happened to the days of sitting in class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.? They’re gone… LONG gone and it’s time to embrace the technology of today no matter how alien it may seem.

Education is always one of the most opinionated discussions in the US. Politicians have long held education with social security and Medicare among the big three topics on the debate floor. That’s because education is the most important thing we have as human beings. Every day we’re learning and growing regardless of a classroom. Technology advances simply facilitate new, and often uncharted, forms of learning and communication that were once unknown to the world.

We’ve seen that in our day with the advent of Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and more. Those living in the early 1950s would have been absolutely amazed at what we have today. This is why I want to focus on new-age education technology. With education being the most important topic in society and technology advances at an all-time high, it’s only fitting we make efforts to merge the two in an attempt to satisfy all misunderstanding of inequality and bigotry.

Social media and technology

The strongest argument against online education is that you don’t receive the inter-personal communication and attention you need to learn properly. This is a sound argument in principle, but advances in video chatting, live streaming, and online communication, break down some of the traditional barriers that once segregated online and in-person education. Let’s start with live streaming.

Live streaming, much like video chat, gives the most complete sense of realism to the non-material professor or educator. Although not in the room, the viewer is able to see the professor and interact with the students the same as in class, just not physically present. Video chat can also be done on a more one-on-one basis with the teacher later on during office hours. This is an opportunity to follow up on missed questions during a lecture or clarification about a test or quiz score.

Physical attendance to a class or lecture has long been thought of as a necessity, yet even while I was attending college there were those students who never attended class, but came on test and quiz days and aced the course. Some people just don’t need to be in class every day. Couple this with the advent of email, social media, and other mediums, and students have complete access to any question, answer, or topic they could fathom.

We also must discuss the downsides. This form of digital education is prime hunting grounds for hackers, cheaters, and liars. It’s unfortunate that they exist in society, but we all know people will stop at nothing to get ahead in the game. There are security measures and data encryptions that can be enforced to prevent most cheating and dishonesty, but to be completely truthful there will always be dishonest people. We just argue there won’t be any more doing it online than in a classroom setting.

Ups and downs alike, online education is breaking through previously unmoved barriers to reach children all across the world. The possibilities of education for all children are real and they’re exciting. Online schools are devoting mountains of time, talents, and expenses to furthering the cause of education on a global scale. Education is the silver bullet; to crime, drugs, alcohol abuse, bigotry, religious tolerance and more.

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About the author: Karen Falgore is an Online Ambassador working with Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world.  A native of Virginia, Karen revels in the state’s history and spends time exploring its many national and state parks.    

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