Technology plays a major part in the way we now communicate with each other. In this new generation, technology appears to be quickly taking over the world we live in and is now even affecting the way we learn in our classes. Computers and machines have evolved on a massive level since the days of the early Microsoft computer and their capabilities are really being put to use.
For many college students, the use of email, obsessive texting and social sites like Facebook, almost eliminate the need for face-to-face communication between people anymore.
These new methods greatly affect the way students talk to each other, learn in their classes and operate in their normal lives.
According to the University of Adelaide, “student evaluations of the online discussion forum provided a number of interesting perspectives on the efficacy of such a learning tool. The majority of students found the online discussion forum a worthwhile element of their studies, but only 51 percent of students stated that they enjoyed using it. Similarly, only 52 percent of students stated that they would like to participate in an online discussion forum again.”
“I take a couple of online classes. It’s just easier to me because I can do them whenever I have some free time and I can always email my teachers whenever I have problems with a homework assignment or something,” said Camron Christopher, a freshman TJC student.
Many college professors also use technology to communicate with their students.
“The teachers here at TJC all have e-mail addresses and sometimes their personal phone numbers included online or on the syllabus we provide for the students so that they can always feel that we are available to them whenever they have any questions or problems,” said Shawn Taylor, a math instructor.
Texting is slowly becoming one of the largest, if not the most used, way students are communicating with each other. Texting is reaching the point to where it now has its own special language.
“Texting is just faster to use instead of having to actually call the person and have a whole conversation with them.” Jamica Bennet, a sophomore student said, “Sometimes I just want to ask a simple question that needs a simple response to, or sometimes I just don’t even feel like actually talking to that person, but I’ll just text them for a while instead.”
“Nobody really talks on the phone now a days anyway. I can just text my friends or whoever then just meet up with them later on if I wanted to really talk with them,” said Keith White, a freshman student.