What do UEL students think about the future of university education

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Initial research studies identified many different arguments about the future of education, including structural changes to the classroom, distance learning through e-systems, increasing tuition costs and even more interactive tools and instruments based on changing curriculum in-line with business evolution. The most common theme identified was the presence of e-learning as a foundation for the future of university education.&nbsp. E-learning is the use of various electronic applications and systems to promote educational learning. These include “Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classroom development and digital collaborations” all delivered through the Internet, satellite television, CD-ROM and intranet systems. According to a recent report published by the Sloan Foundation, e-learning systems have achieved a 12-14 percent growth rate since 2006. In the United States alone, as one example, there are currently 3.5 million students using online education systems within higher education environments (Mihai, et al.). It is forecasted that e-learning will, by 2014, be in 81 percent of global universities. Another recent study with a sample population of 289 respondents, 189 of which were from higher education environments and 100 from corporations, identified current usage of electronic learning. In the study, 44 percent of respondents used blogs to teach, 53 percent video podcasts, 71 percent online courses, 56 percent social networks, 66 percent text messaging and 49 percent mobile broadband.

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