Students and faculty see value of technology in higher education

Technology is being used in higher education for a lot more than degree programs.
Technology is being used in higher education for a lot more than degree programs.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, more students are looking towards online education in order to complete their degree. The study shows that between 2009 and 2010, enrollment in web-based classes rose by about 21 percent, compared to a 2 percent increase in overall higher education.

Many students are attracted to these classes because they tend to be more flexible and are also cheaper than their classroom-based counterparts.

Still, technology is playing a bigger role in online education and studying than simply providing courses and degree programs. Even students who opt to take their classes on campus are seeing the benefits of electronics.

For example, in 2008 Abilene Christian University began providing its students with iPhones and, more recently, iPads, Mashable reports. Using this technology, professors are able to give their students key words, flashcards and other information before they come to class.

Other professors, such as Jed Macosko of Wake Forest University, are creating more technologically savvy textbooks. In his physics classes, Macosko asks his students to write brief concept groups, which then link to other nodes on the same subject. This information is compiled in a BioBook, which is hosted on a wiki.

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