Today’s students engage with technology in very different ways than their peers did even a few years ago. They are digital natives who have only ever known a world with readily available internet. What’s more, they’ve barely interacted in a world that wasn’t driven by touchscreens and instant access to whatever information they want at the exact moment they want it.
This is why it’s incumbent upon higher education faculty to keep up with the latest technologies that can help the learning process and provide students the best opportunities to thrive. Dispelling the misperception that professors are resistant to technology in the classroom, many are eager to incorporate new tools. Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology revealed that 35 percent of instructors describe themselves as “early adopters” of new education technologies, while just 10 percent describe themselves as “disinclined to use educational technologies.”
When educators and campus technologists are searching for technology that can enhance their students’ learning experience they should look for tools that enable focus and are versatile, intuitive, mobile, secure and easy. These characteristics are especially crucial as fewer students remain on campus and more opt for online learning. Educators and administrators need to be equally attuned to the needs of both groups of students, while also recognizing that they’ll often need to facilitate work and communication between those groups.
Technology and Active Learning
This is especially pertinent when educators engage their students in active learning, which challenges them to actively participate in brainstorming, ideation, collaboration and creative problem solving instead of passively listening to lectures. The right technology allows all participants to maximize their time focusing on the task at hand, as opposed to any tech-related hiccups, like getting it set up or figuring out how it works. Portable digital writing devices can be an important instrument for active learning because they can be moved around to any space for instant collaboration sessions or breakouts. They can even enable remote students to participate in meetings and ideation sessions without feeling left out.
While still offering the familiar, and creativity-inspiring, experience of pen and paper, a collaboration solution like Quilla™allows groups to capture ideas instantly and work at their own pace as needed. Content is stored on the cloud that can be accessed from their smart phones and tablets. Students can review and continue their work whenever and wherever they want, thanks to its portable design, long-lasting battery and WiFi connectivity.
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