Email use amongst College students is so sparse that it could be considered an "out of body experience"? Is it even entirely necessary anymore?

Many would come to believe that technology is so synonymous with the college generation that there should never be any problems with the progressive forms of learning being implemented throughout various colleges across the country. The New York Times contradicts this popular notion with their interesting article that highlights the unsatisfactory relationship between college students nowadays and the use of email. While every college student is admittedly fluent in all forms of social media and web surfing, they are much less prone to check their email much less respond to one in an appropriate period of time. This could pose a significant problem for this prospective generation as more and more courses in college are starting to utilize the flexibility of combining hard work in the classroom with electronically submitted work outside of it. The rise of these "blended learning" classes have prompted professors to lean more heavily on email as their primary form of communication with their respective students. The article accentuates an instance where many students were completely unprepared for a quiz because they were unaware of the changes to their readings sent out via email. The most troubling part about the entire situation is that a lot of the students who were unaware of the changes did not even realize that they had their own student email through the school to be checking. One professor within the article equated using email for his students to an "out of body experience" due to the rarity of it ever happening compared to the many other forms of technology out there. I'm hard pressed to believe that this particular case is not an aberration for our current generation of college students. In order for our learning to truly be taken to the next level through the use of technology and it's benefits, we as college students are responsible for utilizing our email to enhance our learning that no longer is just limited to the classroom. However, a different article I found on an accredited website argued that email is a form of communication that is falling to the wayside. Their belief is that there is much more personal ways to reach each individual student that can help utilize their technological skills. They insisted that email would soon die off in favor of a more group based setting through either text messages or social media. In the end, education is attempting to keep up with the advanced technology of today that seemingly continues to grow. It is up to us as college students along with the professors to make the most of said technology to enhance our education.

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