How Technology Is Changing Education
Changing technology has enhanced our daily lives in many ways and has lead to some major changes in how students learn. However, the amount of information readily available to students also opens them to potential hazards such as plagiarism.
"Plagiarism happens all too frequently. We take this problem seriously and wish to be honest and up-front about such grave academic misconduct," an action statement to professors, the University Wisconsin-Madison states.
Many colleges address the issue of plagiarism by having students sign a code of conduct outlining expectations for research. School librarians are now tech-savvy researchers who teach students how to utilize technology in research, and these professionals often serve as watchdogs for inappropriate use.
The ability to police problems like plagiarism is being offered by technology as well. Programs like Turnitin make searching Google for specific content easier, allowing teachers to check students' work over the web. But the best approach is to know a student's capabilities. A struggling student suddenly turning in top-quality work is likely getting help from somewhere.
Overall, expanding technology has been good for schools in many ways. Classrooms have become more interactive, offering more exciting opportunities for students. It has become easier for teachers to craft lessons including videos and music or even expert opinion to enhance learning opportunities. Video conferencing and email allow teachers to set up interviews with visitors beyond their local community.
Virtual classrooms have become a popular option for universities. There has been a rise in online degree programs offered by schools such as the University of Phoenix, and the availability of course work has opened opportunities for people previously unable to attend college.