Higher education is presently undergoing a far-reaching transformation, enabled by the deploy-ment of disruptive technology. In the working world, technology has already radically enhanced the ability to connect with colleagues, customers, and clients across the globe at the press of a but-ton or the tap of an application downloaded to a smart phone.
Moreover, companies increasingly leverage technology to enhance employee mentoring programmes. Colleges and Universities, on the other hand, have traditionally tended to treat this opportunity to forge new human connec-tions as an afterthought in their EdTech strategies; instead, their technology investments have fo-cused on delivering traditional instruction and assessment more efficiently and effectively or on tracking voluminous data in reliable ways.
This is changing fast. A growing body of influential educationalists believe that the future of Higher Education lies in enhancing the experience of the student and the ROI they individually derive from a chosen course. For instance, Harvard Professor and Edtech savant Clayton Christensen who himself coined the now ubiquitous phrase “disruptive innovation” back in 1997, believes that in future educational institutions must be student centric. Because students are denoted by differing levels of aptitude, attentiveness and engagement, they do not all learn the same way.
To serve all students effectively, Professor Christensen contends, learning should be both personalised and customised. A fundamental means of achieving this aim is the deployment of student-centred technology which puts individual students—rather than instructors, courses, or compliance-driven data collection—at the centre of learning.
The Learning Technologists who assess, vet, filter, recommend and proselytise the new and emerging technologies that can create this student-centric world are now at the core of the life of each College or University.
What does a Learning technologist do? Here I draw on the work of Santanu Vasant of the UCL Institute of Education, an Institution which has itself done much to formulate best practice for the deployment of technology in the lecture theatre.
To quote, Santanu Vasant of UCL directly “Used in a strategic way, Learning Technologists will help everyone and make the institutions that do this more efficient in the long run.”
We at Vevox in education accordingly view the Learning Technologist as the primary contact in an institution and we work with them to bring this student-centric teaching environment, denoted by real and productive engagement, to life. Vevox provides best-in-class easy-to-use engagement technology for the smart phone generation.The technology can’t get in the way of the learning; but learning is enhanced by engagement technologies and above all student participation.
To find out tips on how to choose the right enagement tool for your Univerisity check our blog.
Mark Beilby is the Chairman of Vevox and co-founded the former parent company of Vevox. Mark has vast amounts of experience in the financial and media industries and was Head of European Media research at SG Warburg, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. He was also rated top European Media Analyst for nine years by the Institutional Investor, Thomson Extel and Reuters surveys of institutional investors.
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