The purpose of this report is to analyze the impact of technology on management education at the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) and to study how the increasing use of technology affects students in their education. A questionnaire survey was conducted to learn about students’ outlook towards the increasing use of technology in the course of their education. The survey functioned as an aid to analyze the extent to which technology affects students in the course of their education: not only as a medium of instruction but also as a facilitator in further learning on their own.
A total of 31 students responded to the survey. Since the survey included only management students at GIM, it cannot be generalized and extended to other forms of education or to other institutes. Impact of use of Technology on Management Education at GIM All the respondents to the survey possess a personal laptop and a cell phone. Some of the students possess a personal desktop computer and some possess a Smart Phone as well. The study shows that the students on an average spend about 6-10 hours per week on creating spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
All the participants strongly agreed to the fact that they primarily used technology to improve the presentation of their work. However, there were conflicting responses regarding the fact that the participants’ use of technology enhanced the opportunities to effectively communicate with the instructors. The results of the study show that most of them prefer using moderate to extensively high level of technology in their course and agree that use of technology in the course makes them more engaged in their work. IMPACT OF USE OF TECHNOLOGY ON MANAGEMENT EDUCATION AT GIM Technology is evolving at an astonishing rate.
It has dramatically changed the ways we work, learn, interact, and spend our leisure time. Computers and information technologies have visibly revolutionized nearly every aspect of daily life – how and where we get our news, how we order goods and services, and how we communicate. The purpose of this report is to research and analyze the impact of technology on management education. The report aims to analyze the Goa Institute of Management as a medium of understanding. In view of the increasing use of technology, it becomes imperative to study the extent to which it is an enablement in the course of management education.
The research focus is on management education and may not hold good for generalization. THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR LIVES The rapid growth of technology infrastructure has led to the increased availability and use of computers in management education schools as often called business schools. Most students now have access to computers/laptops and the internet in their classroom and homes. In terms of utilization, technology has expanded from use primarily as an instructional delivery medium to an integral part of the learning environment.
There seems to be universal agreement that a major criterion of technological implementation in the B-schools should be whether such applications actually do improve teaching and learning and increase student achievement. However, there seems to be consensus about the complexity and challenge of reliably evaluating the effectiveness of technology. The report would highlight the relevance of the technology in today’s world of technology. THE METHOD Participants: The participants of the survey were the first year students of the Post Graduate Program at the Goa Institute of Management.
Material used in the Survey: A questionnaire consisting of ten questions was developed by the group members based on personal relevance and sent out to all the first year students on their GIM e-mail ids. Subject: The questionnaire contained questions regarding the use of technology by the students in their pursuing management education at GIM and how effective it was. Procedure: The procedure was a simple one wherein all the participants filled in their responses which were captured in an orderly way in a Google spreadsheet.
ANALYSIS OF RESULTS. All the people who took the survey possess a personal laptop and a cell phone. Some of the students possess a personal desktop computer and some possess a Smart Phone as well. The study shows that the students on an average spend about 6-10 hours per week on creating spreadsheets, presentations, etc (Figure 1). A major chunk of the participants prefer using moderate to extensively high level of technology in their course. The participants agree to the fact that use of technology in the course makes them more engaged in their work.
The participants state that the proper use of technology by the professors increases their interest in the subject matter. All the participants strongly agreed to the fact that they primarily used technology to improve the presentation of their work. However, there were conflicting responses regarding the fact that the participants’ use of technology enhanced the opportunities to effectively communicate with the instructors. Participant responses range from disagreement to strong agreement (Figure 2 and Figure 3). This can be attributed to the perception of the students regarding what effective communication is.
Most of the participants were in agreement to the fact that the use of information technology helps them in better planning of their work, better time management and thus allowing them to take greater control of their course activities. Again there were mixed responses by participants to the fact that the use of technology helped them better understand complex or abstract concepts. There were varied responses from the participants regarding the most valuable benefit of using information technology in the course. Most of the students felt that it added to convenience.
While many others stated that it helped them in managing the course activities, others were of the view that it helped in effective communication while a few felt it improved their learning. In addition, there was not a single response stating that the use of information technology provided no benefit. CONCLUSION Our survey of the PGP – 2010-2012 batch of Goa Institute of Management suggests that technology definitely helps management students in improving their skills and efficiency of doing work. The use of technology helps the students to effectively communicate with the professors and improve their work and the presentation of work.
It also helps them increase their interest in the subject matter, which makes learning easier. In future we can have guest lectures by videoconferencing facilities, where students can easily interact with the non-GIM faculty and the working professionals. As most of the students were neutral on the fact that use of technology helped them better understand complex or abstract concepts, the efforts should be made to use the technology for better understanding of complex subjects. Students should be trained and motivated to use the technology the more effectively.