Technological Impact on Higher Education Essay

5182 Words Apr 14th, 2013 21 Pages
Technology Impact on Higher Education
Shoong Wai Kin
Master in Information Communication Management
18 November 2012

Evaluation of Technology Impact on Higher Education The important role played by ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in today’s world cannot be denied by anyone, whether it is in the corporate world, social, home and so on. Technology has changed the way on how universities teach and how the students learn. The advancement and pervasiveness of ICT in the 21st century and in the world today means that many nations have been relying on technology to handle and address many arising challenges faced in the education field. Some literature reviews were done in this paper
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The higher education institutions were asked to respond to the demand of globalization and the knowledge economy in order to prepare the students with 21st century skills and competencies for the labor markets which will require changes in the education curriculum and teaching practices. The demands were for increased efficiency, more transparent accountability and better performance for both research and teaching. Some identify the digital technology as one of the tools to help in managing and fulfilling these demands. Hence, many educators believed that closer cooperation and exchange of lessons learnt can benefit their respective higher education system. The changing needs of learners Based on estimation, the global enrolment of higher education will increase to 125 million by 2020 (Laurilland, 2008). The huge increase in enrolment has resulted in a diversification of student populations. These students were coming from lower socio-economic backgrounds; they were also mature and part-time students. These mature, part-time and international learners have different expectations coming from their different traditional secondary school backgrounds. They may concern about what facilities and services were required to support their learning in higher education. They also demanded for more

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