Monthly Archives: April 2015

Higher education future (Improving higher education)

Thinking about the future of higher education is not that easy. For decades, higher education witnessed development in many ways. Usually, higher education institutes tend to apply new technologies in education. We can see that it is easy nowadays to attend lectures hundred of miles away using V.Tel. or by even Skype. technologies also helped in the interaction between instructors and students using web-pages and forums. Therefore, what I expect is that the higher education will remain evolving to include newer technologies. However, I want to talk about two points that I think higher education institutes should take care of.

The first point is that we can see the direction towards E-learning is increasing. E-learning is the name given to learning electronically, usually using a computer and an internet connection to access the courses online. E-learning helps students to study everywhere and anytime and not to be restricted to certain time and location of regular classes.   Institutes should balance E-learning and traditional learning, this  should happen by allowing some courses to be throw the internet while keeping the communication between students and instructors in regular periods of time.

The other point for the institutes is introducing multidisciplinary curricula. We can see that the accumulation between disciplines especially science, engineering, and technology can benefit for introducing new solutions to human life problems. Students, from themselves, tend to work in cross-discipline  areas as they can benefit from the advancement in both disciplines.  Therefore, institutes should go for facilitating this type of education by offering new programs in these cross-disciplinary topics.

In a nutshell, higher education future will keep evolving by applying new technologies as what happens in usual. However, universities should take care of somethings that need quick response such as offering new multidisciplinary programs and balancing E-learning with the traditional learning.