Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

What Changes, What Stays the Same

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

What Changes, What Stays the Same

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Students today do not understand what it was like to wait in line for the pay phone at the end of the hallway in your residence hall, then make a collect call and hope a family member would accept.

That is one of countless examples of major changes in American higher education that have revolutionized students' experiences in and out of the classroom. Another: Many of our Forum readers may recall policies on college campuses that prohibited students from bringing a car. Today's students can learn in their cars, listening to recorded lectures.

Now we are seeing another shift in behavior. Increasingly, students are realizing they do not need a car as they can get a low-cost ride from a ride-share service right on their phones. Maybe future students will hold group meetings in an automated driverless car.

What is often overlooked is what has not changed even since Aristotle's and Socrates's time. How and why students learn is a constant. Although computers and cell phones have transformed the access to and delivery of content, they have not inherently changed how students acquire, store, and use their knowledge. …

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