Comments from atsui

Bang on.

I would be interested in how technology was defined in the survey or in the minds of the students when they answered. It’s such a broad term that it makes impossible to actually figure out what is meant. Is a student using a laptop in a lecture using technology? A calculator? Looking at a projector? Where does the line get drawn?

I also came up with some other ways to critique the survey. First of all it is only drawing upon American College students for its sample. Perhaps students in other nations feel different?

Secondly, students did not identify technology usage as the attribute they thought was most likely to help them find a job.
“When asked to identify skills that make them attractive job seekers, students are more likely to cite their interpersonal skills (78 percent) than any other attribute, including grades/GPA (67 percent), a degree in a marketable field (67 percent) and internship experience (60 percent).”
So I don’t think this backs up the argument that students are demanding more tech use in the class room.

Thirdly, it is always worth questioning whether the purpose of a degree is to make one ready for a career. When there’s so much debt attached to studying and most people’s way out of debt is through labour then it is hard to make this argument but that doesn’t mean it is a given that degrees are for finding jobs.

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