Monday, September 18, 2006
There are various benefits to computers use in the classroom as it can be very convenient for both the professor and the students to communicate and could even enhance the learning process. Although, there are also consequences to overusing the internet as it can lead to an increased reliance on it, which could possibly lead to the reverse of the learning process.
There are many pros to using the computers -with internet- in college classes but the most important reason is because it is convenient for everyone. Both students and teachers benefit from the convenience it provides. Computer-mediated communication tools have great potential for changing the student and faculty interaction and may prove influential in reorganizing the learning process. The student can easily access the material and actually follow what's going on in the class much easier than if they didn't follow up at all online. The ability to access online course material and documents truly helps the student in achieving a stable position for learning. The webcasts also help not only with the student's convenience but also enforces the learning. Research has shown substantial evidence that webcasts help students learn very well in their classes because the use of video is an effective technology for providing instruction.
Likewise, there are many cons to using computers -with internet- in college classes, but the focus that brings the most concern is the increasing reliance on the internet, not only for just the students but for the professors also. First of all, there are many problems associated with the classroom itself when one integrates technology into it. There are often problems associated with digital classrooms that implement webcasts and such other equipment. This may be due to both technical issues and also deployment issues. This implies that because these problems arise in the classrooms, it will affect the learning environment in the negative way as those issues may distract the class. Another main concern of the internet is through email and interaction. Emailing is often times very slow in terms of communicating multiple ideas to other people. Often times students need to email each other because they need multiple questions answered, but because it’s a slow process in terms of waiting for a response, it’s more of a deterrent to the learning than face-to-face interaction. An interesting factor is that emailing and internet use is supposed to increase personal interaction with the professor due to the fact that students can keep in better touch with the professor through email. But findings show that students actually feel that the emailing back and forth process was very impersonal and overall deter from their learning. Asides from all the technical problems, the main problem is convenience. The students can easily take advantage of the convenience that the internet provides by simply not going to class. Many students nowadays rely on webcasts because it's simply an inconvenience for them to walk all the way to the lecture hall. Laziness has been built up in the mindsets as the availability of webcasted classes has truly spoiled them. Many students nowadays spend hours online checking email and other online activities. Because of this, it's more convenient for them to just stay at home in front of their computer to access the lectures online and keep updated in the class through email and the website. It's only logical for students to do that these days because of the convenience the internet has put upon the the college class curriculum.