How Technology Has Changed Education

Technology has been taking over education and constantly changing the curriculums in schools while advertising more classes online and changing the you enroll into school and pick classes. While technology is fastly growing and constantly gaining more and more popularity. Unfortunately it has its downs like loss of jobs and less graduation rates. 

Technology would be getting rid of physical campuses in the future if it were to one day be more craved than physical classes. A reason as to why online courses would be more wanted are because student would have access to cheaper online subscriptions and whatever classes they would want. Online subscriptions would means instead of enrolling into a college you would rather subscribe into a college and have the free will to choose what classes and courses you would take. With the loss of job it also creates more like, teachers who teach but do not teach physically just online.

“One of the most important things we do here is disprove and dismantle ideas,” said William Zemp, chief strategy and innovation officer at Southern New Hampshire University.

Boise State University has started the subscription plan starting at $425 a month for six credit hours and $525 for nine in either two bachelor degree programs, making it 30% more cheaper than regular tuition. With students being projected to finish their schooling within 18 months. 47 students have subscribed but another 94 are going through the application process. 

“If we could catch early signals, we could go to them much earlier and say, ‘Hey you’re still in the window’ ” to pass, said Donna Kidwell, chief technology officer of the university’s digital teaching and learning lab, EdPlus.

This pie chart shows that online classes are growing in the state of maine. Although only two of the five schools only have physical classes but it shows that two schools that have them cover a big margin of online students in Maine. 

Overall technology is growing bigger and smarter, challenging us everyday to get better and smarter but it has its downfalls but students seem to prefer online course more and more these days because it is able to work around their schedules and not feel as pressured.

Technology and Higher Education

60 years ago if someone said that you would be learning from a computer instead of a teacher, then they would say your crazy. But now it is a reality and many of colleges use computer software to teach people instead of a teacher.

Many colleges use many forms of technology to teach people like computers, IPads, Virtual Reality, and online courses. 11/16 of the biggest colleges in Maine offer online courses to students. The other 5 do not offer online courses. The 5 schools that do not offer online courses do have a higher average graduation rate than the 11 schools that do offer online courses.  Correlation doesn’t equal causation so there could be many of other different reasons for the graduation rates to be lower.

Another way that technology is being used for higher education in colleges is virtual reality. Georgia Tech has been experimenting with a virtual reality assistant named Jill Watson. This virtual reality assistant was made from the IBM Watson supercomputer platform. The virtual reality assistant will answer questions in a discussion form instead of just giving the answer and not telling how to do it. Some students have a hard time distinguishing if it is a person or the computer. The university says that these virtual reality assistant could help other students learn better than if there was a teacher present. Now they are working to develop virtual reality tutors for students.

Higher forms of technology isn’t just making college a more learnable experience, it is also making it a lot more affordable and flexible to the courses the person wants to take. One idea is instead of enrolling, someone might subscribe to college and pay a monthly fee. They could take any courses they want and as many as they wanted. Boise State is currently doing this. It cost 425 dollars a month for six credit hours or 525 dollars for nine credit hours. This makes it a lot faster for students to graduate from college and they wouldn’t have to spend as much money.

Could Your Teacher be a Robot?

Universities across the country are now experimenting with Artificial intelligence in tutoring and teaching students, specifically, those students enrolled in online courses.

At Rensselaer Polytechnic institute students are able to live deeply in Chinese culture without leaving the room. The Mandarin Project allows students to study in a classroom with a floor to ceiling 360-degree screen. The students can practice speaking Mandarin and it gives the students a lifelike experience of the culture. 

“Talking to a computer, rather than a native speaker, can make learners feel less embarrassed about making mistakes,” Said Helen Zhou, assistant professor of communication and media at RPI, who has been key to designing the project. According to Inside Higher ED. 

As of September 2018, the system could only allow one student to speak at a time, due to the fact that the student is required to hold a microphone. Additionally, while the computer has perfect pronunciation it still does not sound completely human. The Mandarin Project is still actively being developed and improved by tech giant IBM through a partnership with RPI.

“When students practice speaking with native speakers, nobody tells them how they did,” says Inside Higher ED, however, with the help of AI technology, students get immediate feedback and are coached on correct pronunciation and sentence structure.

RPI is not the only school experimenting with AI. Students at the Georgia Institute of Technology have the pleasure of meeting Jill Watson. Jill is your average teaching assistant besides the fact that she is solely a computer. Jill was built on IBM’s Watson platform and is capable of teaching online courses and grading papers. 

According to Ashok Goel, professor of computer and cognitive science the AI teaching assistant is not capable of answering in-depth questions relating content but it allows students to ask the same question over and over, getting a precise explanation every time. 

“The interest has been huge,” said Goel. “Maybe in five years’ time, we can do it for everyone.” When insider higher ED asked about other universities installing AI teaching assistants.

Technology in higher education is making it possible for students to learn in ways no other generation has. While Universities are still experimenting with technologies in the classroom, the future looks promising.

Helmet Technology

BBBD78D7-D7D2-48FC-9D1B-09EB889B1A31Throughout the years of football as technology has improved we can see that head to head hits have become a problem. 

As technology has improved we have been able to improve safety equipment to make it less of a problem.

 One helmet company named VICIS has a very interesting helmet. Over the years they have always thought to make a hard stiff not flexible helmet but with recent studies that is the best type of helmet to have.

 The most frequent story about the first helmet was in the army navy game of 1983.

Admiral Joseph Reeve had been kicked and hit in the head so many times that his doctor said one more hit could lead to “instant insanity” he was determined to play so he had the local cobbler make a leather cap that wrapped around his head for extra protection.

This featured image shows how helmets have evolved over the years.