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Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education

Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

The Internet has transformed higher education by changing the way universities and colleges teach students. As a result, many institutions are struggling to understand how the next generation of Internet technologies, including Web 2.0, multimedia, virtual presence, gaming, and the proliferation of mobile devices, will impact their students and infrastructures. .edu: Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education discusses how higher education institutions can use these technologies to enable learning environments. In the future, students will have complete access to any higher education resource, including expert scholars, lectures, content, courseware, collaborative dialogues, information exchanges, hands-on learning, and research – no matter where they are located. If fully enabled, this new learning environment will blur the lines between on- and off-campus experiences and remove barriers to learning and research – greatly improving the quality of education for students globally.
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At the end of their graduating year, students often ask me if I can leave them with any words of advice. And every year my response has been the same: Set your sights on obtaining 5 degrees, take as much technology training as your university and workplace will offer, and stay flexible and relevant in your career. My advice usually provokes a stimulating question about what is required today and what will be required in the future to remain relevant, productive, and employed participants in a vastly changing world. While continuous learning would be my first recommendation to all individuals, today’s employers tend to place more value on the number and level of degrees that individuals secure. Second, careers are complex and often require a number of interdisciplinary areas of studies that for many may mean intersecting a variety of degrees in the sciences, business, psychology, law, and other specialized areas. Third, no one can take your degrees away from you; these go with you anywhere.

In today’s environment, a student can expect to have more than 5 jobs, and many jobs are yet to be defined. Being prepared to participate in or create the next genre of employment is a critical part of what each of us faces on our paths to learning and employment. Education is a key factor in helping you define ← 1 | 2 → who you are, your strengths, likes and dislikes.

Technology is here to stay—it leaves a lasting...

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