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Is Google Destroying Higher Education?

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed.

I just read a great book. It’s titled, “The Googlization of Everything,” by Siva Vaidhyanathan and it discusses the impacts of Google technology on our world. Of particular interest to me were the chapters about the impact of Google on higher education, students, and scholarship. The book focuses on both positive and negative impacts of this phenomenon that have changed the way we think and behave when searching. (Intesrestingly, as I was writing this blog, I saw on the news how Congress is currently holding hearings with the Google executives about the effects of their power and dominance.)

After reading this book, I thought about the impact of Google on my teaching and student learning. I have noted behavioral changes in the way students approach information. In some aspects, this is positive – students feel confident they can find the answer to any question within seconds. For social and personal aspects, this is great. Information at our fingertips – how could that be bad? Well, I don’t think it is unless we are talking about scholarly or academic research. I’m finding students think they can simply ask Google anything and the results serve as

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