Universities reveal how technology is closing the STEM-Humanities gap

As STEM becomes increasingly promoted and Liberal Arts defunded, can technology serve as mediator?

3. The Science of Reading: Any humanities major knows that finding resources—literature, studies, textbooks—are integral to learning; but even reading materials are undergoing a massive technological revamp, which could provide a wonderful learning opportunity for humanities students if they partnered with the IT and computer science leaders behind these projects.

For example, brilliant computer science minds at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) are developing an intuitive course-based multimedia search engine for students and faculty with the ability for personalized search capability on the near horizon. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the engine is an effort to help both students and faculty better categorize and access information-rich multimedia resources—with the ultimate aim of improving learning. Their creation is called Ultimate Course Search (UCS): an open source, Google-esque search tool that sifts through course-generated multimedia to find specific keywords.

Learn more about the engine and its capabilities here:

College bookstores and libraries are also experiencing a technological revamp thanks to the creation of online text price comparison tools, digital textbooks and online learning resources. Increasingly, data is mined and learning analytics are harnessed from online and digital textbook materials to help provide faculty with insight into student learning and provide students with more personalized reading experiences.

The problem is, according to a report from the Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA) in partnership with the Campus Computing Survey (CCS), less than half (45 percent) of the faculty surveyed agreed/strongly agreed that digital course materials provide significant added value content not available in print—which could be a great opportunity for humanities majors to provide input into what aspects of reading are most valued and why, as well as what they look for in their learning resources.

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