Today, technology and media permeates every aspect of society. Technology and media impacts student interaction by extending human communication abilities in time and space. They also substitute social activities that previously took place face-to-face and instigate an amalgamation of activities. What is more, they require actors in different sectors to adapt their behavior to accommodate the media’s valuations, formats, and routines (Katz, Felix, & Gubernick, 2013). With such an integrated society, there is little question that curriculum will follow suit.
The future looks more like a Mooc, a collaborate session, and a social media site, and less like four-walls and a chalkboard. Learning will be less dependent on parents and teachers and be more open to social media, peer collaboration, and social learning. Textbooks will succumb to the times as eTextbooks and other learning resources will become integrated into the course room. Libraries will continue to be accessible online. An internet-enabled education will provide more learning opportunities around the world (Roscoria, 2011). What is more, change will not only come to the way that students learn, but also how learning is assessed and rewarded (Roscoria, 2011).
Adolescent behavior forecasts future consumption of digital information, which will be a more socially integrated environment where learning involves more interaction and critical questioning (Katz, Felix, & Gubernick, 2013). Current educational structures, particularly for higher education, is at a breaking point. To be successful and competitive in the future, and also to meet the needs of the future learner, technology and media must advance, grow, and become readily available to the broadest population of learnings in the world.
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