“How much money will the right to hire and promote also make available for courses? Will there be an obligation to connect this behavior to a level of ownership that follows through to a review of how institutions create and maintain these online programs?
How Does Diversity Affect Online Learning
And just how do you balance the digital curriculum with the academic rigor required for admission to a university?
By Willie Perkinson, Class of 2020
How do you balance digital education with intellectual rigor needed for admission to a university? By addressing the tools that allow students to develop deep expertise in their fields.
I think that it’s important to understand the root cause of diversity in the media and the academics itself. After all, unless you understand the context of the social sciences, it is difficult to say how diversity factors into the curriculum at your university.
During my junior year at University of Virginia, I remember being around 20 students at a class on journalism and politics. While that class was very academic, I and other students experienced the effects of social media’s impact on the way our knowledge and perspectives are perceived. The way I understand it, social media’s real potential to extend our education as an entire social unit is because of its role in defining what is happening in society and how it is perceived by our media-dependent peers.
But beyond pushing the bounds of our personal social activism, social media is also changing the way we think about journalism and most notably, the way we learn about our societies. Today, the standards of statistical knowledge are not the same as they were a generation ago. But what is the impact of social media on the way we think about context and our own learning?
For an example, I do not think that people or institutions think the same about financial markets as they did 20 years ago. Whereas five years ago, almost all of my colleagues were quantitative analysts, now it is a minority. Many of my acquaintances in finance know more about psychology, medicine, and tech.
The same can be said for universities themselves. Although this is perhaps not an assumption for everyone in academia, I think that some people today don’t think in terms of deep academic rigor and instead view education solely in terms of gaining qualifications for credentials.
Even so, it should be noted that many of the days where people are here to gain credentials, it could be a mistake to hang on to traditions.
For my peers and I in media, the legacy that defines us as leaders, is the value and merit of the work that we all do. It might be that we are simply trying to come to terms with the current social media landscape and the different ways in which individuals are communicating and observing the world.
But in some cases, this might actually be a time to look into historical examples, the ways that universities managed to expand the academic landscape. There are lessons to be learned from the past when dealing with modern media. This might be an interesting time to take a look at the different learning approaches that we have been adopting in modern society.
Today’s university students need to be given a sense of the number of generations of people that have been trained to do their jobs. A sense of how long that training will take to be accomplished and what can be done to refine that training.
In the future, universities need to figure out how to get some type of benchmark for student completion. I truly do not believe that we should have a hard requirement for majoring in computer science, but at the same time, one that is equivalent to that of a humanities major. In the modern world, we need to recognize that in order to maintain educational relevance and to retain talent, universities will need to develop ways to measure and evaluate the learning success of the students at our institutions.
Of course, one of the interesting questions about learning, technology, and inequality is how much society can get done with these tools. At my university, over the past year, we have built a digital library system that allows students to access millions of books and academic publications, including multimedia content and, of course, Wikipedia.
The digital platform allows us to connect students to each other and build a social network within our digital library. We also give students the freedom to take things they learn about the internet and apply it to their lives. This initiative is just one of the innovative ways we have been able to give our students the kind of experience that allows them to really take advantage of their classes.
The digital advancements that we have made over the past few years are also good examples of what institutions can do to extend their curricula in the digital age.