Education must evolve as curriculum changes, and new subject information becomes available. But it also must change to adopt the Web and accept that students are using it for just about everything.
Students learn in totally different ways now that the age of the Internet is upon them. The knee jerk reaction after receiving an assignment is to consult Google, as opposed to hopping off toward the library. Not surprisingly, 93 percent of students prefer using online search to surfing the card catalog at the school library. In fact, 83 percent turn toward the Internet not just for convenience, but because the library itself is actually closed. E-education has become a form of self-teaching, as has been the regular Wikipedia visit.
But it’s not only students who are getting into the e-education. Teachers are taking advantage of social media to connect with their students. 90 percent of teachers use social media in their classes, and 20 percent of those faculty members actually assign projects that involve commenting or posting on social media websites.
Whole universities are starting to set up programs dedicated to the Internet. Well known schools such as the University of Virginia, New York University and the University of Texas already provide classes for learning about search engine optimization and marketing. These have otherwise been in-the-field learning experiences, that are now being taken inside the classroom.
Indeed, admissions offices are putting the word out about their universities through social media as well, and no doubt learning more about their candidates through Facebook and Twitter.
Check out the infographic below to see how the Internet is helping to evolve our education practices.
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