Today, many higher education institutions have constantly continued to embrace and learn new technology through online education. As a result, many students have enrolled to online classes and other distance programs. Responding to this increased demand of online programs many institutions and individuals have designed strategic plans to embrace new technology. As we continue to sail through the modern world, it is clear that technology in classes especially in higher education fields is increasingly becoming more predominant. According to Kim and Bonk (2015) Laptops, smartphones and tablets are increasing replacing textbooks because we students have access to all learning materials using internet (Kim & Bonk, 2015). On the other hand, social media is constantly becoming a commonplace for all people. Generally, the manner in which we use technology has totally transformed the way we learn and live. Therefore, there is need to embrace and learn new technology because it is one of the main components in our lives especially in education. This paper will discuss the ways I will continue to embrace and learn new technology in higher education.
The first method will entail watching the pros of new technology. This is the first step when you want to learn about a new skill. It entails determining what you want to learn. It can be something you have passion for as well as genuine interest in According to (Podila, 2013). In my context, I have a huge desire and interest in learning something new like technology. I will highlight all what I want to learn about technology. Having strong inclination is imp...
ortant because it provides the essential fuel during learning time as well as when you have an obstacle. After deciding what I want to learn, I will try to apply my knowledge in real world situations like designing a new device. I will review what other people have done in order to get confidence.
The second method I will use to embrace and learn new technology in my higher education is finding Tech champions in order to learn from them. In this world, many people are readily accepting technological change. Despite every person being involved in technological change, there are technological experts with expertise knowledge on technology (Kim & Bonk, 2015). In order to continue learning new technology, I will find technological experts and champions to share ideas and learn from them. Engaging with technological champions will give me the opportunity to ask questions as well as learning how they continue improving technology. Observing experts use technology in different ways will grant me the opportunity to learn how to use new technology in a constructive. The ideas of technological experts will be good in advancing my technological knowledge. As a result, I am looking forward to interacting with technological champions in order to learn and get first hand information from them.
The third method will be attending classes offering technology training. Having training on technology is the best way to know the importance of new technology. Relevant technology training is very important in embracing and adopting new technology (Lytras, 2010). My hope is to get a teacher with more skills than m
in order to horn the skills I already have. In addition, to attending technology classes I will be I attend technology seminars because they present a good opportunity to share ideas and learn new things on technology use.
The other method is will involve taking action on what I have learned. To boost my technology skills, I will have to put them into practice because the best way to learn something new is through practice. I will pick a personal project that can be build using a particular new technology. I will design new features of the project and implement them. However, I know I will hit several obstacles throughout my project. Thomas Edison said, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless” (Lytras, 2010). In connection to this when by project fails, I believe it will provide me with an opportunity to learn something new about the technology as I look for a solution. I believe I will become a technology expert after completing the project because the more obstacles I encounter the wiser I will be. My mistakes will set the foundation of by success in learning about new technology. As a result, I will make sure the project is related to higher education in order to ensure it is challenging. A challenging project will give me the opportunity to research more as well as consulting technology experts and champions.
Lastly, I will have to be patient. According to Pavan Podila (2013), when learning something new about technology, it can be challenging, confusing and frustrating. It can take long to learn something new about technology (Podila, 2013). As a result, I will ensure I am patient about the learning process. Patience is the key to successful in learning process because failure to have it you cannot adequately understand the new technology. Lack of patience will have negative impact because you can switch off your mind very easily when learning about the new technology. Patience requires you to take time off a digest what you have learned.
From the above explanation, it is clear that learning new technology needs determination and patience. Technology is greatly useful in our lives but the learning process of new technology is quite frustrating and challenging. Sometimes it requires determination and sacrifice. Learning new technology can make you give up. However, after learning, it becomes easy to use. The paper has explained some of the methods I will use to embrace and learn new technology in my higher learning education. Today, technology is one of the most useful tools in learning and conducting businesses. Through new technology, things that look complex are easily solved. Some of the methods of learning new technology include highlighting the pros of new technology, attending technology-training classes, interacting with tech champions, and putting technological knowledge and skills into practice.
- Kim, K. & Bonk, C. (2015). The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says. Retrieved 27 November 2016, from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2006/1/the-future-of-online-teaching-and-learning-in-higher-education-the-survey-says
- Lytras, M. D. (2010). Best practices for the knowledge society: Knowledge, learning, development and technology for all : second World Summit on the
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