Technology in Higher Education

Predictions about the development of technology in higher education

Over the last few decades many have predicted that extensively using technology will distort higher education. The main argument was that online courses will affect the pricing of traditional education by offering a more convenient and arguably a more effective option. Furthermore, adaptive education would also advance or even take the place of “teaching” as we have known it for some time.

Today it seems that despite the fact that online education did have a significant impact on education overall, traditional education did not really get affected by it. Higher education is still criticized for ridiculous tuition fees and growing unemployment rates, which in turn discloses poor growth in skill and knowledge on an individual level.

The current state

However even though there is still room for improvement of course, since technology changes the connection between education and employees to come in few various ways, hope has not yet vanished.

For instance, student competency assessment is a trend today that helps students find their “true” career path, or at least the niche they would work in. Psychometric evaluations are being performed on graduates as well, determining the competences gained after completing the school program.

Competency systems will theoretically direct students to the next level of education by providing help with selecting which subjects, duties, projects or practical internships which finally would move them effectively to appropriate professions or employers.

In addition, applicant tracking system technology (ATS) incorporates data that helps assemble job applicant pools for employers to assess. Thereon, ATS transitions from HR Systems to Application Information Systems. This would reduce the false positives and negatives in the applicant pools which in the end reduces bad or improper hires.

Future technology application expectations in higher education

Together, these technological developments along with other growing trends that are being accepted steadily will match higher education and the labor market. Finally, the job market will help students comprehend the work and careers that are most appropriate for them, but also employers on what is the right applicant for the position they offer.

Over a million of new job possibilities are presented online each month. Since the new methods may disrupt education it is up to use to keep the main role of these institutions safe in terms of society and economical improvement. Furthermore, universities must not take comfort in knowing that predictions that have failed before will be proven to be wrong once again. Right now the situation is significantly different.


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