Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education
Conclusion and Future Directions
The emergence of the network society and the process of transformation of new information and communication technologies have created a paradigm shift evolving mankind into an information knowledge society.1 These technologies have changed education by creating new fields of study and new disciplines.2 The impact has created a new outlook for distance education, creating expanded learning environments for learners both now and in the future.3
Key technological trends that will shape the future of knowledge society:
• Broadband Internet access is becoming more widespread, especially in well-advanced economies, driven by peer-to-peer file sharing and always on features
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