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Two Technology Complaints in Higher Education

Technology is often seen as the savior of higher education by reducing costs and increasing access. Not all people agree and disdain the breaking of ancient tradition with venom in their words. To be fair, technology can have either a positive and destructive impact on institutions and learning. Both the pro and anti-technology supporters have strong points of argument. Two common arguments are that technology fosters shallow learning and students are not reflecting on the material. Argument 1: Technology Fosters Shallow Learning: Anti-technology adherents find that the use of some technologies leads to shallow learning. Student simply post comments that lack insight-fulness to ensure they are meeting posting requirements every week. The learning model becomes more of mechanical process than a deep and insightful learning experience where students must challenge themselves to learn new things. The problem is that many traditional faculty are not sure how to use the technol

Moving Online Education to a Leadership Position

Dr. Peter Shea from the University of Albany found that all the hoopla about online education being second class compared to on ground education was simply untrue. Concerned about the results of a limited study which found that those who engaged in online classes were less likely to finish college were based upon outlier information. He decided to conduct his own study but instead used national data to generate his results.   Generally, the greater the amount of information included in a study the higher its validity. Spending on colleges has come under increased scrutiny as budget woes have reared their ugly head. Using data from a 2009 Beginning Post Secondary Student Survey, conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, it was found that those who entered online classrooms to obtain an associate’s degree were more likely to graduate. With national graduation rates low, policy makers are concerned not only about return on investment of college in general but also future pre