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By Emily Margeson
On March 8, 2013

 

Technology is a critical part of instruction on college campuses. Kirkwood Community College accommodates nearly 25,000 students in college credit classes for whom technology is key to learning.

The abundance of computers located on campus is a benefit for students and faculty alike. Instructors can use tools such as PowerPoint presentations and videos to impart knowledge. The variety and availability of knowledge when connected to the Internet is a powerful learning tool.

However, computers cannot be utilized effectively if they are not up to date. Lately, the computers and projection systems located in the Kirkwood classrooms have been inefficient. 

The speed and functionality of the technology at Kirkwood has not been up to par. Internet, wireless Internet, projectors and computers that are used for classroom instruction are taking far longer to load than they should this semester.

This slow down is causing ineffective use of class time. Two of my classes have problems almost daily. It could be the location of the classroom but I have heard from other students about problems all over campus.

When the computers take too long to load any sort of slide show or PowerPoint the class is sluggish. The students get restless and start playing around on their phones or leave the class entirely.  If an instructor doesn't grasp the students' attention immediately, the students' learning is compromised.

In addition, the amount of lost instructional time is colossal. Five minutes of technological difficulties each class period adds up to over three lost hours during the semester.

The amount of technology that surrounds the Kirkwood campus is astounding but if it isn't functioning, it doesn't matter.

The lack of updates that have been made on the devices is apparent, crippling students and instructors alike. Keeping the computers and wireless Internet maintained and up to speed is critical for the furthering of students' learning. 


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