Years ago, the majority of the learning was done in a classroom, from a text book, or through reference materials in the library. These days, the internet has dramatically changed how students learn, share, and process information. A number of technological advancements have revolutionized how students study and communicate.

Email

college technologyWhile email has been around for a while, its use has expanded in the education realm. It has assisted in the efficiency of communication between professors and students. With open communication welcomed and encouraged, the students can get a hold of their teachers at any time of the day, instead of waiting for classroom time or open office hours. The professor can also use email communication to send out any changes regarding homework assignments.

Equipment Connected to the Internet

Computers are no longer the only technology that has internet connection. Smart phones are extremely common, and a growing number of students also have a tablet or e-reader. With their compact size, they are able to be carried anywhere, and these allow students to connect to each other, their online courses, and communicate with their professors no matter where they are.

Online Classes

One method of learning that has become extremely popular is online learning. More and more colleges and universities are offering not only certain classes online, but also allow some degrees to be fully earned online. These classes have allowed a wider variety of students to earn their degree and also balance family life and other jobs. Even if a class isn’t taken exclusively online, the internet allows for greater access to course materials. In many cases, the syllabi, lectures, and power point presentations can be downloaded or viewed online, which helps those who either missed a class or just would like additional study assistance.

Social Media

The rise of social media is also helpful in many aspects of the learning process, while increasing social contacts. It is easy to become friends with classmates and communicate with them in different ways. Students can start discussion forms that make it easy to ask questions about assignments, or help assist in group projects, without having to get together in person. There are also social blogs that give recommendations for the hotspots in terms of dining out and socializing. Prospective students can join college forums and blogs to help get a better feel for the colleges that they are interested in. They can also access current students and gain knowledge from an insider’s view.

Apps That Aid Studying

The internet is also a vast resource for study aids. There are a number of apps that can be downloaded to assist with the learning process. The handy infographic below discusses how the internet has changed the college experience, and names particular studying apps. These applications include ones that allow you to sync your notes, screenshots, and audio and video recordings on all your devices; make digital flashcards that can be shared with others; help you create citations; and provide dictionary access on your phone. These days, the college experience is far more than going to class and studying in the library. The internet and related technology have transformed how students learn, as well as how they communicate and socialize.
 
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