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Chapter 7: Opportunities and Challenges ... > MOTIVATION FOR THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY... - Pg. 94

Opportunities and Challenges of Emerging Technologies in Higher Education learners the kind of skills required for their all aspects of lives, and thus ICT bringing about a transformation in the higher education landscape. As a result of the forgoing advances, current approaches to teaching and learning in higher education are dominated by the following: the im- portance of interactivity and learner-centredness in the learning process, the changing role of the teacher from the all-knowing "sage on the stage" to guide on the side" (with a shift from the teacher to an increasingly more autonomous learner), the need for team working abilities, and the move towards resource-based rather than packaged learning. Thus the new technology continues to play an important role in the development and emergence of new pedagogies; in other words, online courses are driving pedagogical evolution in higher education. Many educators believe that technology has a dramatic effect on colleges and universities, producing what may be the most chal- role in the educational process. Technology- supported learning environments make it possible for learners to study what they want, when they want, and where they want. In general, technol- ogy can enhance the instructional goals in higher education through: · · · · Pedagogical benefits. Access benefits. Cost effectiveness. Assisted and personalized pedagogy with more rapid and rich feedback, and a large variety of individual options (e.g., Students can skip what they already know and con- centrate on what they need to know, own learning pace, etc). Interactive, collaborative pedagogy. Possibility to update materials easily and provide it to students in an organized and accessible manner. · ·