Technology is influencing every aspect of people’s lives and the education sector is no exception. By bringing digital tools into the classroom, both students and lecturers have benefited from them. Therefore, here below are some tips to lower the barrier to technology adoption.
Improving digital knowledge
It’s important that students develop a deeper understanding of the digital and technological environment. Therefore, universities need to make sure every learner knows how to use technology, as well as adopt an online communication etiquette and digital rights. As well as this, it’s crucial that educators know how to use technological tools, above all those who have grown up with limited access to technology. Consequently, training sessions for teachers need to be long enough to allow them to get the concepts and knowledge on how to work in an online environment.
Rethink the role of teachers
With this technological development, teachers need to change their teaching methods to those based on technological tools. Also, due to digital development, students are more in control of their progress and learning process; therefore, educators are now seen as guides and facilitators. Therefore, educators need to spend the time teaching their learners how to use ed-tech devices, instead of starting immediately explaining the actual content.
Reach digital equity
Digital equity means the capacity to ensure equal access to technology. Therefore, universities introducing technological tools to their programmes, need to think about how technologies can be used by all the students.
Nowadays there are universities in the UK such as the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge which are improving their technology offers to meet the needs of disabling learners.
Finally, institutions need to face the technological poverty issue. Indeed, not all students have access to technology or can afford to have a personal laptop or tablet. Thus, universities need to be sure that each learner has access to these tools to complete the learning tasks.