This chapter focuses on the role technology played in both my in-person and online classes. Touted for its ability to offer widespread access to higher education on the cheap, the digital university is on the rise. I experienced some benefits of online resources, such as being able to find supplemental videos that aided in my understanding of some of the more technical aspects of the subject matter. Being able to slow the videos down and watch them repeatedly is a benefit not afforded by the traditional lecture. More often than not, however, technology hindered my ability to learn by depersonalizing the educational experience and impeding deeper thinking through constant distraction. The point of this chapter is to provide an account of one person’s experience so that readers might leverage technology’s potential benefits and guard against its negative effects.
KeywordsOnline education Distraction Technology fundamentalism Dehumanization Mental health
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