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The Self Service University. Using Technology to Manage Student Life

by David Trounce Business and Marketing Consultant
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Technology opens up many doors for greater efficiency in business and life. Be it agriculture or medicine; science has come up with technologies that add more meaning to life and make this planet a better place for all.

 

The biggest role that technology is playing now is in the lives of our youth; the students.

How Technology Helps Students

With time, technology has enabled us to achieve a lot of what seemed impossible just a few years ago.

 

Through this advancement in science, our students can use versatile learning tools to demonstrate concepts, assess progress, improving the overall level of education.

 

But how exactly are these tools helping out the students?

Digital Stimulation

With this technology, it is easier to demonstrate and learn concepts that can’t be shown in the physical sense.  

Virtual Manipulative

Without having to go through all the trouble of doing it themselves, students nowadays can easily play with numbers and assess what can be the result of changes in their values.

Multimedia

Allows students to learn from something in a non-traditional way. This way, students can learn and then share their knowledge with others in the same form.

 

Some of the applications and sites that can help students in grasping concepts are;

  • Molecular Workbench

  • Glovico.org

  • Geniverse

  • Urban Science

 

Here are four technologies that help students take control of their education.

Providing Self-Managed Extracurricular Activities Data

 

An Example of software that enables students to manage their time and university activities is the Extra Curricular Activities Management Software by CIBIS International.

 

The software is an attempt to enrich students in areas other than studies and also to engage them in activities that can play an important role in their academic career.

 

A lot of effort is required to arrange and then effectively run any extracurricular activities, which makes the availability of such programs vital.

 

The software enables students to do the work themselves, saving a lot of manpower.

 

The students get access to the system. From there can enrol and participate in any program that is available, based on their previous records.

Helping At-Risk Students and Those with Learning Disabilities

 

Given the advances in technology in the last 10 years, you might begin to wonder if the in-class teacher is even needed. After all, the technology is performing the duties of teachers so why not fully adopt a teacher-free system?

 

Simply put, it cannot be done, especially where additional student needs are present.

 

Although technology has now enabled students to take on their own learning life, teachers are needed to provide support and encouragement to at-risk students.

 

Stanford’s integration of teacher-technology is one way to bridge the gap between student, teachers and the digital age.

 

In partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) has published considerable research in the area of teacher-technology relationships and how they can be optimised for at-risk students.

 

They noted that when implemented properly - these technologies can increase student participation and educational outcomes as well as increase their levels of participation.

Sourcing and Collating Information with Zotero

Zotero is a research tool that can be the ultimate solution to every student’s research problems.

 

The tool automatically detects content in your web browser and stores all your research with a single click.

Helping Students Manage Their Time

Evernote, Time Camp, I Studiez, Focus Booster and Rescue Time are some additional apps and software that will help students maintain a balance during university life.

 

They can assist in scheduling programs, timetabling events, exams and study periods, and provide a means of collating and organising data.

 

Technology is proving to be an excellent means of communication, instruction and of organising student and university data.

 

Technology is allowing teachers to move beyond text-based education systems and encouraging students to develop their academic strengths in a less threatening way.

 

Technology has moved on from having a computer in the classroom to a set of fully functional instruments for learning. It is proving to be a versatile educational tool that is changing the way we gather, comprehend and interpret the data around us.


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About David Trounce Freshman   Business and Marketing Consultant

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