DH should and perhaps it’s even crucial that it’d be taught at the undergraduate level. Students need to be educated in areas concerning the impact of technologies on society. We, both digital natives and immigrants, need to recognize that the fundamentals of learning and knowledge have indeed changed and continue to evolve each day. If we, the digital natives, don’t want to be known as the “Dumbest Generation,” we need to harness this fundamental shift in our learning styles and knowledge. We need to show the digital immigrants that “our way” is just as good as the “old way.”

DH opened my eyes to these implications of technology. Throughout high school I developed many complaints about our nation’s educational system. I didn’t like standardized tests and lectures. Why? Because I don’t learn that way. Why? I don’t know. Nothing can be accomplished by simply sitting back and just coasting through.  This course exposed me to the effects of the digital world in my life and society in general. I learned that we are not less intelligent; we simply use knowledge and learn information differently than digital immigrants are used to. Today we need collaboration not lectures; we need to learn concepts not singular facts; we need networking and socialization not isolation; we need interactive learning not sit back and listen. We need new outcome objects not standardized tests.

If students are educated, we can show the immigrants that this shift is not going away.  The immigrants ultimately need to accept this change, for the digital natives have fundamentally changed. We should harness this change and seek its full potential.

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