Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: Nontraditional Education Models for the Future
The Office of Educational Technology, which forms an integral part of the U.S. Department of Education, has released the 2017 National Education Technology Plan (NETP) update to encourage “rapid change across the country in fundamental aspects of the educational technology landscape”. The NETP is essentially the official means by which the U.S. Department of Education sets its national plans and projections for educational instruction, learning, and training through the effective use of technology.
The NETP is the embodiment of the U.S. Department of Education’s national vision and aligns with the Activities to Support the Effective Use of Technology (Title IV) Part A of the ESA, as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In instances where appropriately applied, technology is capable of enducing accelerated educational practices to facilitate learning in an effective manner.
In the recent past, brick and mortar schooling and traditional educational techniques employed by schools and programs open to the General Public have dominated the spheres of secondary and post-secondary education. However, as the nation accelerates forward towards expanded and more advanced training models, innovation and technology become an essential component in the effective deployment of education for all Americans.
As a result, nontraditional schools and programs are poised to potentially take predominance within the sphere of post-secondary education as more accelerated and nontraditional programs emerge, thereby transforming training and learning methodologies to ensure conformity to the technological times in which we currently live.
According to Joseph South, Director of Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education:
“[I]t is now more apparent than ever that the courageous efforts of educators to embrace the role of thoughtful, reflective innovators who work collaboratively with each other and alongside their students to explore new learning models, new digital learning environments, and new approaches to working, learning, and sharing is essential if we want technology to be an effective tool to transform learning.”
Each of the nontraditional accelerated nursing programs offered through Erudite Nursing Institute™ is designed to ensure compliance with national accreditation standards for distinguished and deserving candidates. In light of the national vision for American education identified by the U.S. Department of Education as heretofore outlined, Erudite Nursing Institute™ has incorporated the reimagining of the role of technology in education into each of its post-secondary accelerated nursing programs to effectively develop and implement nontraditional education models for the future.
As a result thereof, exceptional medical personnel may now gain meaningful access to nursing education in the time and place most convenient to them, owing in large part to the reimagined role that technology and online blended and interactive learning environments play in the effective education of Americans.
The NETP makes clear that:
“[T]o realize fully the benefits of technology in our education system and provide authentic learning experiences, educators need to use technology effectively in their practice. Furthermore, education stakeholders should commit to working together to use technology to improve American education. These stakeholders include leaders; teachers, faculty, and other educators; researchers; policymakers; funders; technology developers; community members and organizations; and learners and their families.”
As a nearly 20-year stakeholder in American education, Erudite Nursing Institute™ aims to provide authentic learning experiences through the assistive use of technology that is designed to help improve the nation’s education system and the effectiveness thereof.
However, Erudite Nursing Institute™ cannot accomplish the goals of the nation on its own; it will need the continued support, assistance, and cooperation of key stakeholders, and policymakers, in addition to students and their families in order to continue reimagining the role of technology in nontraditional education models for the future.
 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: 2017 National Education Technology Plan Update, Washington, D.C., 2017.
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