Many college students have grown tired of the routine class atmosphere, with the professor standing at the front of the class lecturing to a room full of students. With this teaching style, students not only grow tired, but they become distracted. A majority of students will bring laptops, iPads and cell phones to class, and because their professors teach in the same manner, these students can lose interest quickly. Studies have found that if a professor takes advantage of modern technology and incorporates it into their teachings, students will become more engaged in the material and will ultimately perform better.
Until recently, many universities and professors were hesitant to bring technology into their classrooms because they believed that students would be less inclined to take in the information. However, this belief has drastically changed, as technology is providing students with a better overall educational experience. According to Mike Rocke, Southern California University’s information systems manager, “In the past, where professors would show a generic video of a dissection, now they can broadcast what’s happening throughout the room and supplement the experience with other visuals.”
Now, many universities have realized that having technology in the classroom and on campus gives their student body easier access to information learned from their classes and makes things more accessible to students across different majors. According to this EdTech article, at Washington and Lee University, students are required to take three science courses and technology has been used to “make the sciences accessible to nonmajors.” As such, the university opened it’s new IQ Center to promote this cross-disciplinary vision. The purpose of the IQ Center is to provide equipment such as high-speed cameras, 3D printers, advanced research microscopes and many more to reach students of different disciplines.The university’s 3D visualization lab, for example, “has made it easier for more students to view experiments taking place within the five microscopy suites.”
Technology not only enhances a student’s learning experience, but it makes learning and sharing material much easier for students across a university. By using an array of technology in classrooms, professors will have more engaged students who are excited to learn. Technology also enables students to learn through materials shared by their peers, making them more prepared when class time comes and making help more accessible when class is over.