For decades, textbooks were seen as the foundation for instruction in American schools. These discipline-specific tomes were a fundamental part of the educational infrastructure, assigned to students for each subject and carried in heavy backpacks every day – from home to school and back again. The experience of students is much different today. As a scholar of learning technologies and a director for outreach and engagement at Ohio State's College of Education and Human Ecology, we've seen how technological advances and an increase in digital curriculum materials have hastened the move away from textbooks. Does all of this technology spell the end of traditional textbooks?
Students in university lectures typically take notes in order to preserve some record of the class experience. The note-taking process in a traditional lecture involves writing down the important concepts spoken by the professor and copying the markings written on a chalk or whiteboard. It has been argued that this note-taking activity is difficult for students and that they should instead concentrate more on the actual lecture (Hadwin, Kirby, and Woodhouse 1997). Of course, access to record of the class is also essential for good student performance. To make matters worse, as instructors are given more technology to enhance their lectures, such as displaying Web pages or real-time simulations, much of what is presented in class is either difficult to capture with pen and paper or is too much material to copy by hand.
Position yourself for growth in 2017--join us live at the Entrepreneur 360 Conference in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 16. In the past decade, learning has gone from a passive to an active experience. Brick-and-mortar institutions are no longer required to continue education in a formal way. From highly effective homeschooling programs to online colleges, to continued education and online tools to enhance your professional career, the opportunities to expand your intelligence from your desk are abundant. One of the biggest technological advancements that has improved the quality of the learning tools we use is the aggregation and analysis of data.
When you think artificial intelligence, it's likely that scenes from a science fiction thriller come to mind. Robots fighting humans, men falling in love with a computer that learns to feel, iPhones outsmarting their user. For years, educators have struggled to help each and every student with their individualized educational needs. That gets incredibly tough in a classroom of twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty students all required to pass the same standardized test, regardless of personal growth. The use of artificial intelligence has the potential to disrupt the traditional and potentially damaging one-size-fits all model of modern teaching.
The world of academia is becoming more personalized and convenient for students thanks to recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). The technology has numerous applications that are changing the way we learn, making education more accessible to students with computers or smart devices if they're unable to make it to class. Students aren't the only ones who benefit as AI is also helping to automate and speed up administrative tasks, helping organizations reduce the time spent on tedious tasks and increasing the amount of time spent on each individual student. A recent study from eSchool News discovered that the use of AI in the education industry will grow by 47.5% through 2021 as we move towards a more connected world. The technology's impact will exist anywhere from Kindergarten through higher education, offering the opportunity to create adaptive learning features with personalized tools to improve the student experience.