Future of Higher Education

Technology is giving teachers and professors new way of teaching, that is changing curriculums and shaping modern forms of online research and collaboration.

Communications technologies such as online collaboration tools would make the greatest contribution in terms of improving educational quality. Also, different software that is used to deliver learning content is supported individually paced learning. Nevertheless, learning management systems and enhanced video and presentation tools are among other innovations that will likely to have a profound effect on the academic experience.

Social networking is also another benefit of technology that aims to help in building connections with alumni and support career service activities. Using Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis, instant messaging and social networking as an example have been influential in improving connectivity in many settings and are in use now at a large number of institutions.

This era of pervasive technology has significant implications for higher education. Technological innovation has a major impact on teaching methodologies, students are more engaged in constructing their own knowledge.Nevertheless, this innovation of technology lead to more online degree programs and distance learning that is offered by different universities
around the world.

Higher education is responding to globalization. Many universities have or will have an overseas presence, institutions either already have foreign locations or plan to open them in the next years. Also, distance education is also becoming increasingly global, with universities in the US and overseas leveraging advanced technologies to put education within reach of many more individuals around the world.

7 Replies to “Future of Higher Education”

  1. Thank you for your post Wejdan. You bring up good points about the globalization of education and the role of technology in facilitating that process. How do you think this class has helped you prepare for that foreseeable future?!

  2. I wonder how a lot of the strategies and activities that we learned in this class will fare as distance learning becomes more poplar. I’ve had classmates who “sat in” during class via skype, and I’ve been in hybrid classes where more than half of the students were not in the room. Discussion was still possible, but the instructor had to do a lot more moderating than in classes where everyone was in the room, and we didn’t do group work.

  3. I appreciated your reflection on the changes in higher education. I think it is interesting to consider the implications of these changes and how they will directly impact us. For example, I was offered to teach two online courses this summer (provided enrollment meets the minimum), and I am not sure how I will teach web-based courses. This makes it a rich opportunity to learn a bit more about different approaches to teaching as well as how to best utilize my own strengths to foster a deeper engagement for students in different settings. How do you think these changes will impact your own teaching?

  4. Excellent post. I just wanted to touch on the global outreach.

    Clearly that is one of the core missions of a university, and is generally a good thing. Especially programs like the one NYU runs to find brilliant talented kids in developing nations and give them full scholarships to study in New York City. But I question the motives of some of those schools building fancy new campuses on the other side of the world.

    For example, the ones which build new campuses in the UAE; are they really concerned about helping the cause of educating the world, or is it a good way to bring in a little extra revenue for their main campus? You see the same with some schools and their online programs, which are clearly all about the money. Don’t get me wrong, some schools do a great job and really are doing it to improve access. But some are using these programs to fund their main campus, and that isn’t at all fair to the other students.

    I guess I am a bit jaded because traditionally such schools were a product of elitism, and the idea of cultural exceptionalism. If you look at the university system of Saudi Arabia or UAE, they certainly do not need help building exceptional universities. Some of their schools are at the very top the Shanghai Rankings. So what do these new American schools offer besides being able to say “we’re American”?

    My parent’s went to such schools in their home countries, it was considered a great honor to be taught by American or British teachers instead of locals – and the idea that said teachers would naturally be better, simply because they’re American / British, smells a bit of colonialism. I mean VCU just opened a campus in Qatar, VCU is the 4-5th best school in Virginia, not even in the top 100 in the US, what does a nation like Qatar, with the incredible Qatar University, gain from hosting VCU of all things?

  5. Thanks for your post. I see that many challenges that Higher Education may have to adapt to, but I was thinking about the humans themselves. Educators play an important role in the higher education systems, they are the ones who form professionals to go contribute to the world, but also they raise the new and future mass of professors. In other words, professors have an important role in how the world is shaped through the actions/contributors of those they have “educated”. How are the differences between undergraduate and graduate education? What should we need to consider in terms of these challenges for both?

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Now, online forums and tutorials are one of the most helpful learning tools for me. I couldn’t imagine this when I started my college. I am really curious about how the learning culture will be changed again in the future.

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