Instructors need tech lessons
So semester after semester there seems to be a reoccurring pet peeve of mine that haunts me. When a professor says, “Hit the lights” I suddenly fear for the worst.
Nyctophobia you say? Well no, I’m not afraid of the dark. It’s more like OCC-professor-trying-to-work-technical-equiptment-pobia. (Still pending official phobia list approval)
In my experiences at OCC, once the professor has uttered those words and the lights go down, the following 15 minutes are spent with the professor fiddling around pressing buttons until they finally succumb to asking a student for some assistance or even worse they give up completely and move on to Plan B.
It is an incredible waste of time as a student to watch the instructors try and teach themselves such intricate tasks as the chapter selection feature of a DVD menu or the auto focus button on an overhead projector.
This is not a jab at those technically challenged professors. They certainly did not grow up with computers and other electronics like the majority of their students, whose entire lives have been technically integrated, but if they intend to use these tools in their curriculum then they need to be trained on the basics of using this equipment.
In the past few years the investment was made to upgrade our classrooms with the technical tools of the 21st century. How about now we make the investment to train our professors on how to use these tools so the intentions of the original investment can be fully utilized?
Students need to set high standards
The pursuit of education needs to be yearned for, and recently, numbers have shown us that’s not the case.
Only 24 percent of California community college students who intend to complete a certificate, degree, or transfer actually graduate within six years. These statistics are staggering, and not in a positive way.
Throughout the history of this state, education has been one of the admirable factors that California has been applauded for, but how did such an instructional society lose sight of what’s important?
Not only is this lack of motivation to acquire a degree hurting the future of our young generation, but it can only mean that economic instability will gain resilience to our attempts of picking things back up again.
Aside from economic salvation, students need to set high standards for themselves and meet them. However, another issue we face is the cost of universities that seems to be widely ignored. There should never be a price on education and those who wish to seek it.
As a nation enduring hard times, the last thing we need is to sit back and allow those with a rare but indispensible opportunity to weaken or delay seizing it.
We must all understand the severity of this problem. Graduating from community college and moving on to more challenging institutions should be an intent, not a possibility.
It is our responsibility as students, teachers, and community leaders to see this happen.