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While people celebrate the fact that vast WiFi networks cover every college campus in America, many are concerned that much of the bandwidth is being hogged by students on Facebook and Twitter. That fact is that nearly every college student uses social media, but the effect this has had on them has been an issue of heated debate. Some argue that Facebook turns students into addicts too glued to their News Feeds to study. Others claim that it's a valuable resource that enriches the college experience. Is social media destroying students, or making their lives better? The answer is not so simple.
While the answer is not simple we can break it up into a few questions to better understand social media’s effects. The first question is “Does it affect student’s grades?” Well, that actually depends on the social media source and how it is used. Studies actually show that classes that use twitter typically have up to half a grade point higher scores. It is also directly tied to students collaborating online with 75% saying that they would engage in online collaboration. But unsurprisingly those that try and study while using Facebook are actually hurting their grades. In fact those that multitask between Facebook and studying have 20% lower grades. What is interesting is that 79% of students surveyed don’t believe this statistic.
The second questions we need to answer is “How will using social media effect your college life experience?” A couple data points yield some insight. One, we know that Facebook users make far less money while in college. Fully 85% of Facebook users worked less than 5hrs a week as compared to the 80% of non-Facebook users that worked over 16hrs a week. Money isn’t everything, but surviving on ramen noodles isn’t the best way to live! However, many people associate the quality of college life to the ways that they were involved with their schools. Studies show that Facebook users are twice as likely to be involved in campus activities. All work and no Facebook, just might make you a dull student. Which brings us to our next topic: Self-Esteem.
The third question we must answer is “What effect does social media have on the emotional health of students?” As it turns out social media really does make people feel connected with a 20% experiencing a feeling of social connectedness among Facebook users, furthermore they were twice as likely to feel “Popular”. But it is also true that 48% of students think they are sadder than their Facebook friends. This wouldn’t be troubling except that we know from other studies that 25% of college students show serious depression in their status updates.
Even after addressing some of the key questions about social media the results are mixed. Hopefully after reading this as a student you will be able to see the pros and cons of spending your hours using social media.
Change is like water running over stones: give it enough time, and it will certainly sculpt and reform those stones into completely new objects. The Internet has swept the entire globe and has changed the way we think about social interaction, media, money, shopping... essentially, the way we think about life.
But most of all the Internet continues to change how we learn. It continues to reshape education just like water reshapes stones. Whereas once it was only possible to acquire niche knowledge by attending expensive universities lined with ivy, today more than 3 million people in the US alone get their education online. Today, millions and millions of people have access to free educational information that they can absorb at their own pace, on their own terms, and in ways that work best for them. The age of rote memorization, of learning “from the books”, is over. It's time to accept that the Internet has—and will continue—to change what education is.
Consider this: in 1971 the famous Open University (OU) in England opened its doors for enrollment. OU is especially well-known for their open admissions policy, which is blind to a prospective student's previous academic records. In other words, you aren't judged by your grades when considered for enrollment at OU—if you're hungry for knowledge, why should you be denied the opportunity to learn based on your academic history? You shouldn't, and now OU has approximately 250,000 students, effectively dwarfing all other colleges in the UK. And guess what? It offers most of its classes online.
67% of colleges today are unable to meet demand for online college courses, which says a lot about what students actually value when it comes to learning. More and more people are beginning to realize that learning at your own pace is the most effective way to retain information. Too often are students discouraged or crushed by institutional standards that force them to learn in ways that are uncomfortable and just not right for them. This is probably why the University of Phoenix, a for-profit online university, has over 500,000 students, making it the largest in the US.
Learning is a life-long endeavor and online education incarnates this age-old ideology quite flawlessly. Today nearly half of all online students are 26 years or older. But what about tomorrow?
With the economy taking center stage in national discourse in the last several years, education has been cast out of the spotlight as one of our most pressing problems. But many believe that our economic woes have no chance of getting better unless our educational system is in tip-top shape. It is extremely disheartening, then, to discover that our primary and secondary school systems are some of the least effective in the industrialized world. We rank lower than dozens of countries in science and math proficiency, causing economic experts to argue that we'll have no chance for competitiveness in the future world economy that will be so heavily dictated by those fields. Further, though our teachers are some of the hardest and longest working, they're some of the worst paid- a devastating contradiction in which everyone loses. It's a system that is utterly backwards- and unless we do something to fix it, our country will be in desperate trouble.
If you ask any college student how they feel about textbooks, he or she is likely to groan. A constant annoyance for most students, largely because of their hugely inflated prices, textbooks have been under a great deal of scrutiny in the media lately. A recent survey of college students conducted by the Student PIRGs found that 7 in 10 college students have passed on buying a textbook for financial reasons. When the prohibitive cost of crucial supplies is directly keeping students from learning, there is a problem. And many are starting to think that traditional textbooks' time as paradigmatic features of the institutional learning experience is almost up.
Luckily, and right on time, technology has swooped in with a highly desirable alternative. Digital textbooks, largely dismissed as a novelty only a handful of years ago, are roaring to the forefront of discourse on education, coinciding with the staggering ascent of Apple's iPad. 53% cheaper, on average, than new textbooks, e-textbooks don't just offer a price advantage; the new range of student experiences opened up by a digital textbook is simply enormous. Imagine charts and diagrams that come alive on the page - or the screen, as it were - and offer fully interactive options for exploration. Every illustration in a biology textbook can now be a video, of a tiger bounding through the jungle or an eagle swooping down upon its prey. All textbooks' associations with being dull and boring are dashed instantly. And this isn't the future; this is right now.
Of course, though the possibilities exist in the present, it's going to take some time before digital textbooks fully penetrate mainstream education. Other countries have already begun their promotion through legislation; South Korea, for instance, invested $2 billion last year to fully convert all of the country's textbooks to digital by 2015. An equally bold bill is being advocated in Florida right now to do much the same thing. But it is going to take large national measures before we can envision students walking around college campuses with nothing more than an iPad in their backpacks. Still, the students have spoken: the current model of textbooks is no longer meeting their needs. And when an industry fails to meet the needs of its consumers, that industry is forced to change.
Though the exorbitant cost of textbooks has become a staple of any discussion about the costs of college, it's a shame that this is now simply taken as a matter of course. "Yeah, textbooks are expensive," students say, "but there's nothing we can do about it." Unfortunately, that is exactly the position textbook companies want to keep students in - feeling that they're powerless to change the way the system works. For decades, students really have been in that position. Because of the way publishers have kept professors in the dark about prices, students were unable to exert any power of consumer choice - all while publishers jacked up prices (a staggering 186% since 1986). With plenty of new options, however, including e-books, book rentals, open books, and online book sellers, students are finally taking some of the power back. None of these solutions is perfect, but by using a combination of them - and with the helpful restructuring the government is imposing to keep publishers in check - students can shrewdly save a few hundred bucks each year. And in college, that's big.
Facebook has taken a beating in the media over the last few years for what three studies have found to be the dire toll it takes on the academic lives of students. The most frequently cited of these studies, from Ohio State University in 2009, found that Facebook users often had GPAs up to one full point lower than non-users. The publication of this study caused a brief media whirlwind, as outlets from MSNBC to Time published stories on the study with sensational headlines, drawing dramatic conclusions.
But it turns out that none of these studies of Facebook's impact on academics, including the OSU study, has been rigorous enough to draw the conclusions that the media has drawn. The OSU study, for instance, surveyed just 219 students - a relatively small sample size. The other two studies used comparable samples. Further, these studies used simplistic models of what it meant to actually 'visit Facebook,' usually just looking at overall time spent on the site per day. The results were significant, sure, and as the first studies in a very new field, they were doing the good work of breaking new ground. But the bad reputation with the media and educators that the studies lent to Facebook use was, in all likelihood, incommensurate with its actual effects on grades. And, worse, there has been no study that contradicts this data at all - until now.
Leading social media researcher Reynold Junco has published a new study on how Facebook affects grades, and it's the most thorough study to date on the topic. Using a sample size of more than two thousand university students, and employing a complex model of Facebook use which broke it down into the individual activities performed on the site, Dr. Junco found that the claim of Facebook's hampering of grades is partially true - but very, very, partially, and even insignificantly. If you use Facebook for many hours a day, a tiny drop in GPA can occur. But very few people can or will use it often enough to make that difference. The real story is that there are bigger effects depending on how you use Facebook - both for good, and for bad. Posting status updates, for example, predicts grades negatively. But checking up on friends and sharing links with others actually positively predicted grades. Yes, you heard that right - Facebook may actually be good for grades, depending on how you use it. Dr. Junco collaborated with us on this infographic, the very first to present this game-changing data.
Apple recently announced three new applications that will effectively revolutionize education around the world: iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and a new and updated iTunes U. For America, the world's largest economy, this means great things -- especially considering that the country's current educational practices are in deep water. Of 30 developed nations around the world, the United States ranks 25th in math and 21st in science: a disparity that has politicians and educators baffled. Every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school in the States, but there is hope.
Studies from places like Maine and Ohio have shown that technology can save education. Students who have access to iPads and laptops in their classrooms perform substantially better than their peers without this technology, and with Apple's new platform for spreading free education to its products the real question we should be all be asking is: Can Apple save education?
This graphic attempts to answer that question.
America spends a lot of money on education, and the announcement of the 2013 budget plan is no exception. With a projected $1.7 billion increase from last year’s education spending plan, the U.S. government will continue to have the priciest school spending on the globe, outranking every other country in price-per-student costs. From specialized classes for lagging students to sophisticated technology in kindergarten classes, the U.S. government is committed to spending whatever it takes to give kids a top-notch education.
But despite this spending, American students just don’t seem to be measuring up. Outscored by nations who spend far less, public school students in the U.S. don’t seem to be making any headway. Test scores, graduation rates, and general student achievement have all stagnated in America since the 1970s, and ACT scores have begun to decline. So when American students fail to achieve year after year, the question arises: Exactly what is that money doing for America’s education?
The internet has evolved the way we all live. Everything can now be done in the comfort of your own home - from doing some grocery shopping to getting an education. For busy people who don’t have time to go to the mall or the grocery store, they can easily order their goods online and have them delivered to their door. For working parents, the internet has allowed them to get a degree in practically any field without having to sacrifice family time or work stability. Even for countries where there are no institutions of higher learning, as long as there is an internet connection, there is a access to education.
Now think about what were to happen if the internet never existed. People from around the world wouldn’t have the access to the unlimited amount of information the internet holds. Obtaining a degree while balancing family and work would be that much more difficult. Let’s take a look at how the world would be without the internet.
We’ve all been told of the importance of education and how education leads to a better life. But it’s not only our own lives that are impacted, but the lives of those around us change as well. As you continue to work hard to obtain your degree, it’ll be important during those late night cram sessions to know that your efforts are essentially going to make the world a better place for you, your family, and even your neighbors.
With the ability to reach virtually everyone on the entire planet, online education could be the key to everyone’s future and shape the world we live in. Education will change your life for the better. This infographic will show you the difference between those who have a college degree versus those who do not. It’s easy to see that gaining knowledge can make a world of difference.
The era of taking notes with a pencil and a spiral notebook is over. Classrooms around the world are filled with students typing everything their professor says on a laptop. Even just 15 years ago, this seemed improbable. And though most Apple laptops aren’t priced for the average college student, more and more of them are using Apple computers for academic purposes. If you take a peek inside a college library, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll see quite a bit of Macbooks. The appeal to college students comes from the simplicity of Apple’s products and an awful lot of good marketing and publicity.Apple does two things right. They make a product that works and easy to use. And they make a product that is cool to use. These two factors are the driving decision for college students to use a Macbook. But did you know that Apple’s first laptop was more than $12,000 dollars - way above most college students budgets. Not only that, but the thing weighed close 15 lbs, making it almost impossible to lug around from class to class. This infographic will show you the evolution of Apple’s computers and how they became the laptop of choice for many college students. From the first one built out of a garage by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to the new retina display toting Macbook pro, we’ll take you on a journey of the history of Apple computers.
Anyone who has ever tried to work out while upset about a loved one's illness, or tried to run while fighting anxiety over an exam, has no doubt discovered first-hand the connection between mind and body. Wellness encompasses all the things that make up health, from physical fitness to being drug- and alcohol-free (or close to it) to mental strength and spiritual zen. Many colleges have undertaken full-fledged projects to make their students whole, but these dozen or so schools set the standard for outstanding wellness programs.
Students at UM are blessed with a fantastic array of programs for maintaining mind and body health. From the diet and exercise instruction included in the six-week Healthy Living online class to the relaxation techniques espoused in the Center for Spirituality and Healing's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, the school goes all-out on students' wellness. They even reward students for participating in health programs by offering a medical plan discount of up to $400 by earning credits for their Wellness Points Bank.
Whether it's physical, emotional, or spiritual refreshment you're after, UWell has you covered. For one thing, it offers a feature that ought to be a staple for every college wellness website: a "Need Help Now?" page. For quick help dealing with alcohol abuse, self-injury, drugs, gambling, domestic abuse, and more, UW has hotlines, centers, and programs to come to students' aid. UWell even addresses environmental and financial wellness though resources like the UW Arboretum and the Center for Financial Security, respectively.
UCLA is so confident in its wellness initiative, its website starts off by telling students they're on their way to feeling better just by clicking over to it. With a strong online health resources database known as Living Well; a "Freedom From Smoking" course; Yoga, meditation, and Weight Watchers classes; and reasonably priced massage therapy, they have good reason to be bold.
With its wellness program, BU heads straight for the issues that beep the loudest on college students' radars: stress, sleep, and sex. Students can hook up with other student health ambassadors known as "stress buddies" as a way to cope with anxiety. In-house "sexperts" are available to give presentations or info, and other wellness team staff to inform Terriers about drinking, smoking, and eating right. There is even a dedicated Wellness House for students interested in bringing every aspect of their lives into the healthy range.
This Ivy Leaguer offers some of the most unique mind and body wellness resources we've come across, like a "Stock to Soup" cooking demonstration; lectures on joint pain, home energy efficiency, and strong bones; and e-lists for Lyme disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, Al-Anon, and more. But the more typical stuff is there too, from tobacco cessation programs to stress reduction workshops.
Pick a sliver of the wellness wheel on the UC Davis Wellness Portal and you're on your way to discovering some world-class offerings, courtesy of the Mind Body Wellness Group. Under "emotional" you'll find a link to The House, a counseling center complete with meditation and audio relaxation rooms. Pick "body," and you'll connect with ways to eat right (like at the legendary East Quad Farmers Market), get fit, be sexually safe, and more. Even then you'll only have tapped a fraction of what UC Davis brings to the table.
Restore your sanity with a laughter therapy session or a tai chi class at the rec center, and keep your weight down by joining the Weight Watchers group or the UWalk Program. UWellness is U-Dub's comprehensive plan for "balancing the emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, and physical components of health," and with its Tools for Change, healthy eating info, stress management resources, and more, it's a good one.
GSU sees to students' whole-health needs by staging workshops throughout the semester. Recent entries have included "Mindful Eating," for developing "a positive and peaceful relationship with your appetite"; "Relax Your Mind and Body: Skills for Managing Stress"; and "Mind over Mood," which involves using mindfulness and meditation to quiet busy and worried minds.
Even though they apparently think there are six health dimensions, not seven, UVU does such a good job on the six they more than make up for skipping environmental (or is occupational the seventh one?). There are free Zumba and yoga classes for clearing the mind by stretching and movement. The five-week Stress Less Program connects participants with a health and wellness coach once a week for tips on dealing with that health pitfall. And as happy people are healthier, the school's Keys to Happiness Program seems like one any health-concerned student could use.
Easily the coolest part of the venerable school's wellness program is the Stressbusters — student volunteers who go "wherever the stressed gather" to give free five-minute backrubs and wellness info. Also cool: each residence hall has a wellness proctor so students can literally get health info where they live. Mindfulness is a biggie here, with meditation sessions available somewhere almost daily. Harvard on the Move keeps the pounds off, and the two mid-year farmers markets help students get the right fuel to run on.
Smack-dab in America's fattest city, Rice is working hard to keep its Owls from becoming whales. By offering quarterly "Wellness Lunch & Learns," personal wellness coaches, a Weight Watchers group, and a wellness listserv, students have ample opportunities to stay fit. The Gibbs Rec Center also chips in with its Lifetime Physical Activity Program that tries to start students down a path of good health that they can walk for decades.
The Center for Student Development & Health Services targets no less than seven aspects of student health: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual, environmental, and safety. They put things into practice in EHS 120, a class for new students to learn about effective study skills, time management, and campus support systems.
Be you a student or an employee, if you regularly set foot on UK's campus you've got no reason not to have total mind and body health. The Weight Loss Matters group gives you the passion to drop a few pant sizes, the farmers market gives you your new meals, and the therapeutic chair massages are your reward. Employees have access to free fitness specialists and phone-based health consultations. In fact, with the website's health app recommendations, recipes, and other useful links, you really don't even have to go to campus to improve your health.
Nebraska has some of the finest athletic facilities in the country, so it's only fitting that they have a high-quality wellness program, too. Niche topics like belonging, self-care, eating disorders, and social responsibility, which are too often overlooked on other campuses, all get their due here. Wellness Wednesdays help students keep tables on their physical health, while e-publication Student Health 101 connects Huskers with a healthy dose of knowledge each month.
Austin Peay makes a fun contest out this wellness program, calling it the Healthy Mind Healthy Body Challenge. The semester-long event grants points for activities that benefit the brains and the brawn. There are dance, cardio, judo, and yoga classes under the fitness division, while the wellness category involves courses like "Cooking Concepts," "Healthy Eating Essentials," and "Simple Stress Management."