Disruption in Education Conclusion

Education in the beginning of the 21st century has changed drastically. Being actively engaged in the system during this time has allowed us as college students to see its immediate impacts first hand. 

Starting with the traditional education model, we outlined what it was like to sit in a classroom before technology disrupted it. It generally looked like a teacher standing in front of a room full of students with notebooks taking down everything the teachers said. A test was then administered and a student was accessed on their knowledge regurgitation and retention. 

Fast forward to 2010 and beyond – the way a student attends school is drastically different. The concept behind the way information is conveyed is very different. At least at the collegiate level, the idea is to teach problem solving, team work, and analytical skills to the students to allow them to find knowledge. This takes the teacher out of the driver seat and allows students to be more active in what they learn and how they learn it.

There are a handful of new disruptors that are making changes in education by the day! Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and hybrid-online classes are extending the access of education to anyone who has a desire to learn, not just who has the means to pay. The quality of information at the fingertips of the many is going to change the way people become educated and are employed in the workforce. College degrees may not hold as much wait against an untraditionally educated person as they do now. Virtual reality is expanding the reach of the classroom. It is bringing a fourth dimension to schools, allowing teachers to take students to foreign places to expand the breadth of experience from the comfort of a school desk. And of course, all of this is possible because of the largest disruptor of them all – technology. New devices and ways to be connected on the internet of things is opening endless possibilities for students and everyone in the academic arena. 

Wanting to see how this affecting others in academics, not just how the group researching this saw it, we spoke to faculty and students around the university to see their take on disruption and how it is affecting them and their fields. 

10 thoughts on “Disruption in Education Conclusion

  1. Sandeep Mishra

    I think this article explanation of the previous methods of education learning vs. the current methods of education learning was spot on. In today’s education practices we are open to multiple platforms to receive information, this makes a greater learning experience as you are not just getting one viewpoint from a teacher. There are theories out there that can challenge what a professor has to say and this helps interactive learning as there is debate and dialog on a topic to get a broader view. I think that online classes are great but it lacks the information a persons experience can give you. Sometimes when you have special speakers and professors they give personal and professional experiences that may help in the long run and that only happens when your in a traditional classroom setting. I think that online classroom experiences need to be enhances to help better discussion between classmates and others. It should be a live stream discussion so that it has more interaction and feels more real.

  2. Samantha R

    Technology truly has changed the lives of the past, present and will continue into the future. It has affected all aspects of life, whether it being gathering information, shopping, communicating and more. As technology advances each and every day, society will need to adapt as well. In Geofrey Thomulka’s “Disruption in Education Conclusion”, the author discusses how technology has now begun to impact how education is being taught within the classroom. At the rate technology changes, teachers may eventually become obsolete if a computer is able to “teach” in a classroom, if necessary. I do not predict this to happen in the near future, however, it could be a possibility.
    It was expected that technology would eventually create a new teaching style. The idea of a hybrid classroom is completely interesting and I can see the potential for various opportunities for students to learn. These Massive Open Online Courses offer students the ability to learn in a new way while “extending access to education”. I think the idea of having students be able to communicate with foreign places in the classroom is a great learning technique that can enrich the minds of students and open their minds to a “world” other than their own. The internet enables a great deal of access to information at any point in time and is accessible by a variety of means. I think it is better for students to have a more engaged and interactive learning experience rather than be in a lecture based class atmosphere.

  3. Yonjery Perez

    Ever since the beginning of the 21st century, technology has had an impact on how a teacher teaches their class. Before the 21st century, a teacher would stand in front of the class while the students took notes on a notebook. Now and days, students are taking notes on their preferred device: smartphone, tablet, or laptop. At the college level, technology is being used the most. Also, some classes are even being offered online. The students have to do all the classwork on a computer and post it online. This saves them the hassle of going to their college for class.
    Teachers are even using technology to teach their classes. The most common form of teaching is presenting PowerPoints to the students. By presenting slides with bullet points, students tend to write down important facts and find it as an easier method of learning. Overall, integrating technology with school was a good idea. Students find that technology has made the learning process easier.

  4. Stephen Gallic

    This particular article on the disruption in education caused by technology touches on many aspects that I have been well aware of and commented on before. But, what really struck me about this article was the interviews that were conducted about the disruptions caused by technology. One particular topic that I strongly agreed with was the lack of ability that Massive Open Online Courses have in progressing a student’s critical thinking and ability to comprehend information. One professor commented how there are certain processes and content that will do well on online courses but there are other classes and content that will not do so well. Content such as Mathematics and Sciences pose a more promising and straightforward set of information that students are able to learn and interpret on their own. But, there are other courses and content such as English, Philosophy, and Law that require much more critical thinking and interaction with Professors that Massive Online Open Courses cannot offer. Another disruption that was mentioned in the interviews was the distractions caused by having a virtual screen in front of you whenever you want and, in first-world reality, at all times of the day. These distractions cause students to lose focus and attention much more easily than students did twenty years ago. I can attest to watching videos constantly in many of my classes because I get bored or tired of hearing my teacher talk all class. But not all classes are like this. In my Business Ethics class this semester my Professor asked that all technology be put aside for the length of class and it is in this class that I have noticed a vast increase in involvement and comprehension by the students. In a class such as Business Ethics it is highly beneficial to comprehend the elements that constitute ethical business and be able to interpret these elements into real life examples. By taking away technology for two and a half hours it allows us as students to take a step back from our virtual world and challenge ourselves to think and interact in a positive manner. The infectious nature of our Professor allows the whole class to comment and get involved in the class rather than sit in our desk listening and browsing the web for two and a half hours. In my opinion more and more classes should follow this rubric of no technology and challenge its students to focus and become more involved in class discussion. Allowing our students to simply skim by utilizing google search whenever they run into a problem causes a dependency on technology that defeats the purpose of higher education. Technology has been disrupting the educational system for the past 15 years and has disrupted it so rapidly that our education system is still evolving to the new technologies and finding the best possible way to take advantage of these technologies so that our experience might be enhanced along with our knowledge.

  5. Ryan Hardrove

    I think this article is interesting because of the explanation of the previous methods of education learning vs. the current methods of education learning was completely true. In today’s education practices we are open to multiple platforms to receive information, this makes a great learning experience as you are not just getting one viewpoint from a teacher you are getting multiple view points from other teachers. There are theories out there that you can challenge what a professor has to say and this helps interaction debate and dialog between teacher and student on a topic. I think that online classes are great but it can lack the information a person experiences can give you. Sometimes when you have special speakers and professors they give personal and professional experiences that may help in the long run and that can happen when you’re in a traditional classroom setting. I think that online classroom experiences need to have enhancements to help better discussions between classmates and others. It should be a live stream discussion so that it has more interaction and feels more real. I think in the next 15-20 years we can make online classes better and make it more interactive between the teacher and students all around.

  6. Ryan Skolnick

    As the CEO of an educational startup, I have seen firsthand the disruption that technology has brought to the classroom. I have also seen a gigantic pushback from educators and principals against the invasion of technology in the classroom. The pushback can be as simple as college teachers telling their students to shut down their laptops and take out a piece of paper, to completely disregarding the use of technology to educate students. That being said, many teachers— and schools in general— have truly been adapting to the technology presented before them. I know my high-school required every student to have their own laptop. And we ended up using our laptops a lot for research and different projects. This is becoming more and more mainstream, as some schools go entirely technological. These schools are more common in California and some in New York City, but I can see them becoming widespread within 10 or 15 years. Blended learning with technology has also become a large part of the educational system. In the blended educational system, students can do their learning at home through their laptops, then come into school and have the teacher reinforce their learnings from the night before.

    The Department of Education recognizes how important technology is to the educational system. In many documents they mentioned that schools should begin adopting applications that utilize technology to teach. Every high school in America is required to have at least one laptop per child, due to a nationwide test that must be taken. This means that every school has the ability to implement technology into the classroom, yet they do not take advantage of this opportunity. I have talked with teachers who are trying to innovate within their classrooms about how their bosses do not see the use of technology, and make it very difficult to utilize applications to teach students. This is very sad; the Department of Education even sees the value in using technology in innovation, but apparently some principals still do not see the need for change.

    As was mentioned in the article, large platforms for anyone to use and teach themselves different skills have been growing. Teachers even highly recommend using sources such as Khan Academy to learn topics that were rushed through in class. Even going past the Khan Academy’s of the world, there are the Coursera’s of the world as well, which provide full courses for subjects. More and more teachers are also providing online courses for their students to take, which is especially useful in college. Rather then having to commute to school, students can simply log into their class and participate similar to a regular class.

    Technology is truly disrupting multiple industries, but it is even disrupting the educational system that has been in place for centuries. Rather then relying on the old lesson plans that are sometimes passed down from teacher to teacher, instructors can now get real-time analytics on how their students are doing. With these analytics they can easily develop better lesson plans for their students.

  7. Aaron Varghese

    This post was especially interesting to me because of my interest in the education field. From a practical sense, I am very glad that I chose to pursue a business degree, because I have been able to get exposure to much of the disturbances that many other students are not even aware of. However, while the business school has definitely taught me so much in terms of how I should approach the future, my favorite fields of study are medicine, education, and the Bible. Everyone said since I was young that I would make a good doctor because I was a “bright” kid, so I took that to heart and actually learned more information about medicine and science in high school. However, even before this was present, I always had a desire to teach. I was homeschooled alongside with my younger brother until I was in seventh grade. I usually finished fast and would want to do something with the time I had left. So, I decided to make assignments for my brother! I look back and see how fruitless those efforts were considering he never did a single assignment that I made. He still holds a grudge to this day about those times. But, what was not fruitless about that time period was that it revealed a desire to educate others about different things. I have even been swayed to potentially pick up a second major in religion, because of the subjects I like to teach, I would have to say the Bible and religion is at the top of my list. To wrap this long background story up, education is a big interest for me, not only in being educated but also being an educator. The disruptions of online schooling has been around for years now and frankly, I’m upset I missed out on the online schooling train since we all know the internet is the greatest teacher we have on this planet. That’s a fact. When I was in high school I had many friends who did online home schooling that had classes that went towards a college degree as well. So when you graduated high school, you also had an Associate’s degree. When I heard about this I was so upset that I had not tried this out myself. That would have been a lot of additional money and time saved. But this trend of online schooling does not just apply to homeschoolers, but private and public schoolers as well. Like I said, the internet is the greatest teacher and schools acknowledge the supremacy of the internet to human intellect. But in this disruption we are seeing schools take more emphasis not on skills like making sure you can compute this equation on a calculator, but on soft skills and life skills, like time management, and responsibility and accountability. In all honesty, Wikipedia alone has the potential to make you the most knowledgeable person in the planet so what is the point in school? Well,m in addition to the fact that some companies still value degrees for whatever reason, the true development in school is in skills that only humans can teach to humans(as of now, and I hope it stays that way). If a student fails to learn these skills, than the education system has failed him; not because he or she cannot perform an algebra equation, but because they did not learn and cultivate the things that are truly important. This is why schools can never go 100% virtual; because the internet can give you knowledge, but only people can properly instill wisdom in another human being.

  8. Lauren Gutowski

    No doubt technology has bettered learning experience inside and outside the classroom. I remember in elementary school writing everything the teacher put on the board, copying and pasting for class projects, handwriting every school paper, etc. Sooner or later most elementary schools will use technology such as tablets to contribute lesson material. This is a good thing for the education system as a whole because students can get more out of their classes compared to teaching style prior to technology. The sad truth is school has always been revolved out memorization; memorize the material the professor puts out there and you will get an “A”. It is all about retaining information then regurgitating it on an assessment, resulting in most students to forget the material they learned sometime in the near future. Instead of this, technology allows for actual skills to be taught such as team work and problem solving. I believe this is better for us as students because teaching us skills is better than just encouraging us to memorize material. It only helps us in the future when we have to learn on our own and our boss expects us to have the skills for the job, if the skills are not there yet then he/she expects us to learn most of them in our free time.

    Massive Open Online Courses have done nothing but aid me in my school career. I honestly do not believe I would have passed junior year chemistry in high school without them. And we all love how the online lectures are open to the public free of charge. I know many students who are still using Khan Academy. These sites are great because it teaches students to take the initiative to learn on their own, not constantly looking towards the teacher as the key to understand the material; technology make a teacher’s job so much easier. Some professors do not even have to change out of their pajamas to lecture the class. Online classes made it possible for learning to happen without needing the physical presence at a university. This greatly benefits commuters and older adults looking to obtain a degree who work full time where it’s more of a struggle to get to class. Students who dorm could roll out of bed fifteen minutes before a class and still make it on time. Modern education will get a lot out of virtual reality; all those cool places we learned about over the years in history and foreign language classes can now come to life. Reading about the Amazon definitely is not as excited as actually experiencing what it is like to be there. It takes learning to a whole new level. According to some articles I’ve read in the past, students are more likely to pay attention in class if they find the material interesting or beneficial to them. Virtual reality will keep a student’s mind from drifting off into nothing. I am glad to see technology disrupting the education system (disrupting in a positive way) to really help bring out the best in our college careers.

  9. Joseph Belli

    The advancements in technology are evidently changing the way students will learn in the classroom, as portrayed in the above article. When I was in elementary and middle school, teachers were reliant on transparent light projectors (a clear sheet with information is put on top of a light source and reflected onto the board using mirrors) which was effective, but not interactive whatsoever. As I went to high school, light projectors were still present, but not as used, since smart boards and regular projectors were more influential and interactive. Regardless of the technology used, many teachers still went with the teaching method of “give information, enforce the information, then ask for the information back verbatim.” I absolutely hated this style of learning, as I am a kinesthetic learner, so I feel as if I really didn’t gain that much from high school education. As I came to college, I realized that the professors teaching my classes are more concerned with how I can apply the information learning, rather than just remember it. Classes like Journey of Transformation (as much as I hate to admit it) are teaching me the various approaches to life and how self reflection is vital to growth and success. Business Law, although I do not want to be a lawyer, is still providing me with valuable knowledge that will definitely give me a solid foundation for the future. College level courses, especially at Seton Hall, are more focused on the interaction between students to aid learning and increase group working skills.

    One part of this article that I found particularly interesting is the virtual reality aspect. When at-home virtual reality was first introduced in the form of Oculus Rift, a gaming system, my father pre-ordered the developers kit and received it a few days after the release. There was not too much content available, however, what was available was truly impressive and definitely has significant applications in education. The first program we downloaded was a roller-coaster simulator, that gave a very realistic feel of riding a roller-coaster in various settings. When my mother tried it out (mind you she is deathly afraid of thrill rides), she was screaming in what seemed to be terror due to how realistic it was to her. We also found an application that allows us to virtually travel to a villa off the coast of Italy, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with a very life-like feel. All I could think about when experiencing this was how eventually, no one will ever have to leave the house to go anywhere, and we will truly be living in a virtual world. Students will be represented by nodes in a classroom and will simply be sitting in bed to attend lectures with a headset on. They will be able to travel anywhere and experience new things with the click of a mouse. The advancement of technology will truly change the way we learn, and experience knowledge, hopefully through application of knowledge, rather than the ability to retain it.

  10. Themba Lungu

    It is evident that the educational system has changed significantly in the 21st century. Knowledge retention has been replaced with problem solving, analytical, and application skills. Students are being taught how to find and access information rather that regurgitate and retain it. Even the way teachers teach are starting to change. Apps like TopHat are more interactive than taking notes and listening to a teacher lecture. In addition, the emergence of online classes allows for flexibility in a student’s schedule. In addition massive open online courses such as Khan Academy allows for an inexpensive form of learning. I have personally used Khan Academy to assist in my studies and I can vouch for its authenticy. The variety of subjects it covers and the intricacy that it delivers its material is revolutionary.
    As I have mentioned in previous posts, technology is being used to improve every aspect in our lives. Whether it be communication, healthcare, or education the technological age we live in is continuously advancing our horizons. There are multiple ways to obtain information nowadays and it only continues to grow and expand. However, nothing can replace the teacher-student interaction that takes place in the classroom. Teachers are there to guide you.


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