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Students were asked five questions about the
future of education

Jordan Liley

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Jordan Liley

Health Science and Nursing

How will technology affect college, and will all of the courses be online rather than in the classroom?

I have a feeling that the majority of it will be online, and I think that it’s going to have a negative effect on college because students now-a-days are struggling more with online classes from what I’ve seen. A lot of people really like that traditional hands-on learning, so [with online classes] you’re taking away the social and people skill.

What do you think tuition will look like?

I think tuition is going to sky-rocket. It keeps increasing, and actually, students are starting to look away from college because it’s getting too expensive.

Do you think that the curriculum will stay the same, or will they get rid of the two semester structure?

I think they’re going to try to get people produced as quickly as possible because they want to get people out there working. So, I think they’re going to try to condense everything down even more than it already is, and students are going to have a harder time with that.

What do you think will be the primary tool for testing?

I think they’re going to mainly look at how quick it takes a student to take a test, and how accurate they are on a standardized test. But, there are studies showing that standardized testing doesn’t even prove how well the student knows the knowledge – it just proves how well the student takes a test.

Will college even be necessary?

I think, with the way they’re trying to cram things into high school, the most you’re going to need college for is to get that finalized, super-descriptive thing for whatever your major is. They think that they’re preparing students in high school for real life, but they’re really not.

Kyle Walston

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Kyle Walston

Diesel

How will technology affect college, and will all of the courses be online rather than in the classroom?

At least half of my classes now are online.

What do you think tuition will look like?

It might be a little bit cheaper because you don’t have to hire any more staff. You’re probably going to move more towards online classes.

Do you think that the curriculum will stay the same, or will they get rid of the two semester structure?

They might be able to offer online courses that a little bit more accelerated so that you could get it done in one semester, and a degree in two.

What do you think will be the primary tool for testing?

I feel it’s going to be more computer based more than anything.

Will college even be necessary?

I feel like it would be. It’s helped me a lot.

Sierra Hennelly

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Sierra Hennelly

Mulit-Media

How will technology affect college, and will all of the courses be online rather than in the classroom?

I feel that technology may advance to where there might be some people that want to learn how to take care of these systems, like I.T., there might be more, and engineers. I feel like online and classroom classes – they’ll still intertwine. They’ll still connect to each other, but there might be better interaction online. If someone is sick, or in the hospital, there might be a machine that can connect to a screen where you can get online and still talk to your instructor. I feel both are important.

What do you think tuition will look like?

If we do allow more types of advanced technology, it’s going to get higher by a couple of thousand in the next ten years.

Do you think that the curriculum will stay the same, or will they get rid of the two semester structure?

I bet people may still use this system to get through one semester and then another. Summer semester, we need to do figure out something to help with that. Spring and fall semesters are very interactive, and summer is very little and empty. We need services for that, but overall for timing and length, I don’t think it should change.

What do you think will be the primary tool for testing?

Some of us may want to do it traditionally on paper, but if we had to figure out some way to take the test online hopefully they won’t have to scan people in the future. I think having digital and paper forms are still good.

Will college even be necessary?

Everybody is different. I, myself, have wanted to go to college ever since I can remember. Some people cannot afford college, some higher class that don’t have to have college – maybe some job training, middle class that want job training but don’t want to go through years of degrees. It varies.

Malcolm Williams

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Malcolm Williams

Business Management

How will technology affect college, and will all of the courses be online rather than in the classroom?

First of all, technology not only will affect college, it will affect all aspects of life. It’s already affected it by us doing online. Online classes, online textbooks. I think it will pretty much be online from here on out.

What do you think tuition will look like?

The tuition will go up as technology rises. I don’t think it will be the kind of technology that will improve tuition costs, but the kind that will improve education and that’s going to cost us. In theory, from my perspective, I think that tuition will in deed rise when technology starts to get better.

Do you think that the curriculum will stay the same, or will they get rid of the two semester structure?

I think it will still stay the same – the way that it is now. I don’t think it will change the semester setup, or curriculum, but it’s just that it will all be online, computerized, and next thing you know, we’ll be sitting in front of a screen just doing our work.

What do you think will be the primary tool for testing?

I’m not really sure, but from what I’m seeing now, you can’t just go to your class and take an exam – you have to go to the exam lab, go through all of these check points, and then sit in front of a computer. I don’t see anything happening after that.

Will college even be necessary?

t’s getting to the point where we can just Google – you can just Google whatever you want. So, I don’t think it will be necessary. At the same time, people like to see that degree, so it’s a half and half thing. I’m on the fence about that one.

Emily Lengerich

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Emily Lengerich

Education

How will technology affect college, and will all of the courses be online rather than in the classroom?

I don’t think that it will all be online. I do think that it will remain a key factor in education. Especially social media. One of my past classes in high school had a social media group and that really helped with homework and, “what did I miss?”

What do you think tuition will look like?

For Wyoming, I think it will stay the same, it will grow with inflation and private donors because Wyoming only has one university. I don’t know how it will change everywhere else.

Do you think that the curriculum will stay the same, or will they get rid of the two semester structure?

I think traditionally, yes. I just started in January, and I’ve never seen classes split up into A and B block. I guess it will stay the same for the most part.

What do you think will be the primary tool for testing?

I think testing is going to become more technology based, for better and for worse. People can go check their answers, and it’s theoretically cheaper than paper and pencil. It will be easier to regulate cheating.

Will college even be necessary?

Yeah, I think it will always be necessary to create an even playing field for what people know.

Daniel Reitz

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Daniel Reitz

Diesel

How will technology affect college, and will all of the courses be online rather than in the classroom?

A lot of my classes are online, a lot of my books and stuff are online too. It’s convenient, but at the same time you have to fight internet problems and that kind of stuff.

What do you think tuition will look like?

I agree, I could say about the same thing [as Kyle].

Do you think that the curriculum will stay the same, or will they get rid of the two semester structure?

I think that it could be either way. It might go to the fact that you can work at your own pace and get it done faster if you choose to, or you could, you know, take your time on it.

What do you think will be the primary tool for testing?

A lot of online stuff. You know, maybe a section that’s computer based questions and a hands-on section, too, based on what class it is.

Will college even be necessary?

I think it will be especially at like a community college where you can use that to go up to the next level to a university, or just get you more prepared to enter the work force.


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