Report on The Role of the Internet in Student's Experience Regarding Higher education

Report on The Role of the Internet in Student's Experience Regarding Higher education

Introduction 

Nowadays, education has become an essential aspect of the success of a student. This technology has made gaining knowledge cheaper as well as easily accessible. However, along with the advantages, the internet has also created space for certain unproductive activities. This report has discussed and critically analysed the point of view of various scholars regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the internet in the educational system. It has identified the positive aspects of the internet and assessed the same with the possible danger that can result due to uncontrolled use of internet services. 

Main Body 

The Use of the Internet for the educational purpose
As of today the internet has become a more important and dynamic tool in the world that everyone prefers and needs for almost every purpose. For educational purposes, students usually needed the Internet to find information about the curriculum, results, exams, and more (Zhou et al.., 2016). In other words, they can also follow the internet for them to achieve success in their educational life. The significance of the Internet in education for students makes it easier to gain knowledge that they learn in class. According to this context, it can be defined that the impact of the Internet on education can be understood at least in different ways. Consequently, the ability to provide the Internet to individual students increases freedom from the physical limitations of the actual world.
Additionally, it is frequently described as reducing restrictions on location, geography, time, and space so students have access to quality educational opportunities and rules regardless of local conditions. Thus, the Internet is provided in such a way that he/she can receive education in the centre of the stage anytime, anywhere. Several commentators extend this freedom to overcoming social and material losses when the Internet is considered a unique medium for democratization (Chen and Fan, 2018). Free and honest interaction including the capability to maintain educational experience reflects the basic quality of the Internet as a “radical democratic field of perfect connections.”

Five priorities for Internet and education 

Nowadays, the internet and education have been closely interlinked. Extensive studies have been conducted to figure out ways in which the internet can be used as a medium to enhance the educational efficiency of the students. In this respect, Henderson et al (2017), has come up with five priorities that have to be kept in mind while using internet facilities.
 
Priority 1- Infrastructure and access

In terms of priority, students are getting the chance to use broadband services, and mobile internet services to access the internet. However, in this aspect, the notion that the majority of students misuse the internet for their entertainment is not always true. According to Akçay?r, G. and Akçay?r, M., (2017), students often use the internet services as a platform to learn new concepts and ideas which helps them in their future career prospects.

Priority 2- Vision and policy

According to Aldowah et al (2017), access to internet services can help the students in their future vision. It can help them in evaluating the present situation and determine the necessary steps that are to be taken to improve their vocational and other professional skills. However, Becker et al (2017), also states that the internet can lead to inequalities and give rise to factors such as discrimination, bullying, blackmailing and other aspects which eventually hamper the educational aspects of the students. 

Priority 3- Inclusion

To mitigate the inequality created by internet services, Brzuz and Gustafson, (2019) state that an equal and sustainable approach should be taken to provide equal access to internet services to every student. 

Priority 4- Capacity

As per Kebritchi et al (2017), the internet currently works as the building block of society and due to this internet services should be used carefully. There should be proper data protection acts in place and similar regulations that will bar the students from dangerously using the internet. 

Priority 5- Content and devices

There is no doubt that the internet has given access to a wider range of educational content. This has helped the students to a great extent as they can get their required study materials easily and time effectively and in an inexpensive manner. 
The Positive Impact of the Internet on Higher Education 
The Internet has proven to be a positive impact on higher education. This allows the learners to share resources around the world, and any educators can get more resources to help the students for improving their competitive environment. This can expand available resources, reduce dependence on time and place, and gives students a powerful opportunity for remote interaction (Manca, 2020). Moreover, it can also improve the quality of education in several ways and opens the door to a wealth of information, educational resources, and knowledge by expanding learning opportunities both outside and inside. At the same time, teachers can use online resources to prepare classes, and students can amplify her/learning opportunities.

1.    Free Resources
The Internet offers free resources in many formats that have opened the door for researchers. Books that would have been virtually impossible to get quickly just decades ago can now be found via keyword searches through various search engines.
The Internet contributes to the researchers’ free resources in various formats that opened their doors. Books that they could not find decades ago can now be found by searching for keywords in different search engines (Crompton and Burke, 2018).

2.    Speed is Efficiency and time saving
Speed is one of the most valuable features the Internet has to offer. When used correctly, this can become effective and efficient. For example, before launching the Internet, students should consult the print index to discover articles. This means that he/she reads one book at a time and frequently gathers terms on separate papers to search for relations.

The Negative Impact of the Internet on Higher Education 
The Internet still has a lot of negative aspects when it is abused by people, specifically students. Hence, the negative impact of the Internet on students, which people should be aware of:
 
1.    Addiction:

Games (online) on the Internet are addictive to children and students. It can take precious time to use for other more productive things in their education. In addition, as these are very addictive the students can abuse social networks or online gambling. At the same time, this Internet addiction can cause mental retardation at an early young age (Khan and Awan, 2017).

2.    Work Ethic
It is one of the huge negative effects of the Internet on students that must be aware. However, the Internet provides instant results with minimal effort without waiting. As a result, students often cannot understand the problem. On the other hand, he/she cannot effectively control their time.

3.     Lazy
There aren't any statistics on the students who rely on the Internet, but in fact, there are many of them who spend more than 8 hours and even all day accessing the Internet. Many students drop out of their higher education all day as they can play games, read books (non-educational), listen to music, or access her/favourite websites without worrying about studying (Chu et al., 2017). According to some research, this has been determined that most students have become lazy due to their dependence on the internet and internet addiction. Hence, it is the most negative effect of the Internet on students.

 

Future effects of the Internet on Higher Education 

According to Brewer and Movahedazarhouligh, (2018), the internet often becomes the reason behind harmful outcomes in the case of students. There is an ongoing trend of addiction to internet games, cybercrime, dark webs and many other factors that can hamper the whole life of a student. Other than this, the internet can also result in cyberbullying and cyber-attacks followed by other major kinds of crimes that can be committed by a student. Thus, the fact that the internet is oftentimes manipulated and misused by students holds in certain cases. 
However, this theory is opposed by certain scholars. According to Schlebusch (2018), the future of the education system is vastly dependent on internet services. To start with, the internet helps the students to effectively visualize the world around them which makes it easier for them to remember. The Internet also aids creative students to bring a balance between their studies as well as their inclination toward innovation. On the other hand, educational institutions benefit from internet learning by reducing their effort to send their lessons to the maximum number of people. In the future, the Internet will make it easier for them to teach more and more pupils at one time with fewer amounts of money, place and effort. In addition, the learning process gets interesting too and that generates the interest of the students too. However, as per the statement of Thai et al (2017), the internet has to be used carefully by both the educational institutions and the governments of countries to safeguard the interests of the students. 

Conclusion 

Based on the above report, it can be said that the internet has both positive and negative aspects attached to it. However, the severity of the danger depends on the student using the internet services. Moreover, it has also been understood that both the educational institution and the government of any country need to monitor the ways students utilize internet services. However, in the majority of cases, the internet has helped the students. It has made them more drawn toward their studies and given them the ability to fulfil their dream. It has enabled the students to access useful materials at any time and without any costs. Thus, it can be concluded that in the majority of the cases internet has helped students in their higher education.