Paperless Education

Paperless education
      Paperless education simply refers to the full embrace of technology to administer and receive education. The use of technology rules out use of pen and paper to pass knowledge from lecturers to students. Education World (2000) has found out that some institutions in the United States are at an advanced stage in implementing paperless education. The advancement of technology over the years has seen the invention of accessories that can eliminate writing and reading on paper. Some of these accessories are; laptops, Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s), ipads and projectors. Shaw (2001) is sure that the invention of the Internet is one factor that has facilitated the move to paperless education. The Internet and the World Wide Web have created an online store in which information is accessible just by the click of a button. Embracing this technology and implementing it in colleges and universities is, however, not as easy as it seems. This paper aims to illustrate some of the pros and cons of moving to a paperless system of education.
      Time was when lack of information was the main concern of the society. Getting information from one source to another or from a source to a student was not that easy a process. There was a need for information availability in all disciplines of study and work environments. Necessity is the mother of invention. What the inventors did not anticipate is the fact that this information will become so much available that controlling it will be a problem. Duguid and Brown (2000) noted that there is too much information available today, and a serious concern of the society is controlling it. Relay of information has come a long way. People used smoke and fire to relay information across long distances. Then there was the invention of the telegraph, the telephone, the Morse code, computers and now the Internet. A major breakthrough in history is the invention of computers. A gentle man called Gordon Moore came up...