Mind(ing) the gap in higher education…

Recently I asked a colleague (also a tutor) about what technologies the tutor uses at work. The response was swift – email, scanning, printing, video conferencing, collaboration projects in online spaces (wikis), facebook (uploading marketing videos and images), youtube channel (where the keep their mission related videos), twitter handle, company website, company blog, online newsletter….

Then I asked how many of these technologies does the tutor incorporate into their graduate level course. The response was equally swift – just one. Email.

So, why is there such a gap between what the student experiences in higher education and what they are working with daily in their professional role? And why does academia ask the student to turn their technology off when they come to class?