Tech experts, educators see massive online learning shift by 2020


According to eCampus News, technology, by itself, won’t transform higher education, according to a recent survey of educators and technologists that reveals a prevailing belief that
colleges and universities are headed for a fundamental shift by 2020.
The transition to classroom technologies – cloud-based learning, eBooks, and
video-based lecture halls – will take hold when the cost of a college degree
no longer makes sense as a viable investment, experts said. Pew research from
2011 showed that 75 percent of adults say college is too expensive for most
Americans, and more than half said a college education isn’t a “good value.”
“[Higher education] is frozen in time, based on assumptions that don’t fit
the current world. We need a broader vision of what it means to educate, not
just how to integrate technology,” said Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media
Psychology Research Center at the University of California (UC) Irvine. “This
means we need to redefine what it means to both teach and learn. Technology
can augment education where educators are technologically literate, but there
is much evidence that technology isn’t effective when it is just artificially
layered over an already ineffective system.”

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