Tracking the digital evolution of higher education
- The Chronicle profiles 50 years of American innovation in technology, and how breakthroughs in computing and data processing have dramatically reshaped higher education.
- Personal devices like computers and calculators helped to usher in an era of more efficient teaching and learning modules, which preceded the advent of the Internet at UCLA and distance learning at the University of Illinois in the late 1960s.
- In 30 years, the creation of the world wide web transformed basic college functions like registration, purchasing learning resources, and administering classes in the format now accessible by way of personal devices.
Higher education is among the largest and most active industries making the most of the evolution of technology. With all forms of communication, data processing and connectivity, universities are developing new techniques for research, analysis and customizing learning for a broader group of learners.
While many schools are still searching for ways to broaden their technological profile to include student analytics and more efficient distance learning modules, college officials can expedite the process by considering more investment in IT staff to identify the best solutions, to create learning and training culture for faculty, staff and students, and to support network security for the growing digital campus imprint.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education The digital era