Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Adult prize - Views on higher education

 Over the years I think worldwide higher education and education have improved due to the use of computers which have meant students have been more involved in developing I.C.T skills. I have found that open online courses is now more common, I think this will be more well known worldwide in the future, due to improvement in technology. This have meant people are taught through using computers and gadgets. I think technology will improve further over the years which will mean more students will be involved with open online courses because more students will have access to things such as computers for skills to be developed and for learning to take place.

In the UK where I am from I believe we are all very lucky with having free education which I often believe that some people take for granted. As we don't pay for our education; from research I have discovered  we are not as successfully academically as other countries are. . I realise in some countries they are less fortunate than we are in the UK.I am 20 years old and still  educated because I am now in higher education. I have found from being in higher education I have heard more about open online sources which I didn't know much about when I was in comprehensive school. I think in the last three years since I have left school computing as been used a lot more than the amount I.C.T was used during one week back then. I think due to me being more involved in I.C.T I am now more aware of open online courses and I think the whole world will be taught through the use of computers which open online sources will then be more common in years to come.

   I appreciate that I have the opportunity to make this choice here in the UK. In the UK higher education is optional so it is a choice that you make after the age of 16. I believe that the higher education here in the UK is very good in colleges and universities. I think this is because it is higher education meaning that a lot of the staff who are lectures have higher qualifications so a better education can be provided.
 I also believe that learning is taken place more through computers, students are brought up with gadgets and computers so I think people can reflect more with skills they already have and they can develop them further. I think the use of open online courses is something that should be available which is a positive with higher education because it is available.

   I also believe that more AS and A level courses are provided in higher education and BTEC courses have been provided for longer. Because of this I think the staff need to be more qualified and have higher qualifications to be able to teach at this level.

   My concerns are in some countries due to the populations people have to pay to be educated or don't have the choice to be educated meaning that higher education isn't an option for them. Education worldwide varies some countries education is really successful and then in other countries there are less opportunities and not everyone has the opportunity to get an education.

  In the UK education is compulsory up to the age of 16 and then higher education is an option which I think is a good thing because it gets peoples numeracy level and literacy level and I.C.T skills at an acceptable level so they have the key skills and work skills to do work at a good standard due to having the skills that are needed at work.

    I also believe that from having compulsory education the standard of teaching and academic success is really successful in parts of the UK. In Wales we are behind England in most subjects I think this could be because more are going into teaching and the way teaching could be done is a bit different. I also think that some regions in England could be better of financially meaning that they have the money to invest so they are more involved in using computers and other school resources to improve learning.

  Wales is much smaller than England and many other countries worldwide who are currently really successful with education but I think if we are better of financially which means they can invest more money in education in Wales then I think the education in Wales will be improved massively. I also believe that if other countries who are currently about the same financially at the moment are better off and more more money can be invested for students to have more resources to improve learning then I think education will be improved worldwide.

   I think the future for higher education and the use of open online courses is very promising. In my college they are now having staff development days which will improve the teaching standard further This will help them to develop skills that are needed for the subject that they specialise in. I also think  the younger staff coming in they will have different styles of teaching because their teaching style will be more modern.
    I also believe that these teachers starting their teaching career will have a understanding in how to keep the students interested because they are younger and it wouldn't have been that long when they would have been in full time education. I think because staff development days in now happening in local colleges where I live this method to improve teaching standards so a better education will be provided to all students will be spreaded worldwide in the future, this is a reason to why I think the future of higher education will be very positive.

 Open online courses I think is the future of higher education. Most of higher education is now computer based and a lot of learning involves I.C.T skills so I think a lot of the courses are going to done quite interactively and most of the learning will be done with the use of the Intranet, moodle and online resources. I have found learning as become more computer based over the years and I think in the future students will be involved more in using computers and even Ipads and other use of technology to get on to online courses through moodle or something very similar.

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