“(1) Learning that involves information transfer will be replaced by technology
(2) Any repetitive assessment or learning task that can be replicated by a computer will be.
(3) Any computerized course that is cheaper and results in equal or better learning outcomes¹ for students will be delivered that way.
(4) The only technology that will improve learning outcomes for the majority of students is the technology that begins to mimic a tutor-student relationship.” http://busynessgirl.com/4-predictions-about-the-age- of-technology-enhanced-learning/
Her presentation continued discussing the implications of these predictions and what this means for the future of education. In addition, I soon learned the true meaning of “Busynessgirl” – she shared many resources and tools for teaching and engaging students, including a few minutes of a Hans Rosling’s TED Talk from 2006 that certainly makes statistics come alive! Click here for interesting handouts!
Yes, she thinks computers should replace faculty in some instances (refer to above). No, in the end, she emphasized that education needs competent faculty – professors and instructors – who embrace and leverage technology and focus on “acting human” – mentoring, assisting, and supporting students in all those ways computers can not.
I took this opportunity to speak with her personally, and she shared her views on some innovative technology on the market – e.g., adaptive tools such as the SmartBook. Having used a similar adaptive study resource at another institution, I am excited about exploring this option and finding new ways to assist our students in becoming successful learners here at Sauk! Just like Raph Koster’s quote she posts on her blog, her session truly demonstrated that “Learning is the brain having fun.”
~ Dr. Duly