5 educational experiences being revolutionized by emerging technologies
Technology is completely transforming how students pursue higher education. Whether it's helping a soldier earn a degree while serving overseas, or facilitating collaboration on a single project by a team of diverse students — technology is changing the way students earn their degrees. To facilitate and cultivate these educational experiences, higher education is incorporating technology and evolving like never before.
University of Phoenix and The Chronicle of Higher Education joined forces to present a webinar on Technology Innovations in Higher Education. University of Phoenix President Bill Pepicello moderated the discussion. Panelists included Michael White, chief technology and information officer of Apollo Group; and, Alan Drimmer, provost for University of Phoenix.
The panel discussed the proliferation of emerging technologies such as mobile applications and social networking, as well as which technologies are improving specific educational experiences.
|1. Instructor in the classroom||Faculty training tools (webinars)
Synchronous software (discussion boards)
Student retention tools (satisfaction surveys
|2. Virtual networks||Closed social networks (PhoenixConnect)
Tutoring applications (math and writing help)
|3. Hands-on learning||Simulations
|4.Independent study||Student dashboards (eCampus)
|5. Student services||Issue-tracking systems
24/7 responsiveness (live chat)
Web usability studies
Tools to connect employers and students
As software and online tools create a more enriching experience, the panelists agree that the main goal is for each student to earn a quality education while feeling connected to other students and faculty through these emerging technologies. Even though accessing learning tools from almost anywhere is convenient, it's possible to feel isolated. That's why every effort is made to ensure that the emerging technologies that are used in higher education not only make assignments and reading materials available, they also allow students to make real connections with their teachers and fellow students.
The webinar, Technology Innovations in Higher Education, will be available until 2 pm EDT on Oct. 28, 2011. Find out about future webinars by following us on Twitter or Facebook.