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March 28, 2016

Technology Demands in Higher Education Changing the Way Students Learn

What is the best way to ensure our students grow into world-class competitors when the moment comes that they’re ready to enter the workforce? Provide the solutions today that they need to gain access to the best educational information so as to enable them to be competitive. That means that budget restraints and political undertones can’t be allowed to get in the way of technological progress.

As a whole, students must be able to compete in a modern world. They must be equipped for the challenges they will face once they’ve crossed the graduation platform. Those ready to spread their wings and enter the job force have to be able to beat out others pining for the same positions. Those higher education institutions that place a higher priority on this type of learning will find their own competitive stance quite a bit stronger in the long run.

Last year, a report out of the Times Higher Education showed six key trends that are driving innovation adoption in higher education. For one, the culture of change an innovation is rampant in a number of higher learning environments, driving the demand for technology adoption. This is also an increase in cross-institution collaboration, which will continue to drive adoption for the next five years, at least.

Many institutions are also placing a growing focus on measuring learning, while there is a growing proliferation of open education resources. Blended learning in gaining in popularity as institutions recognize the power of multiple resources and participants. Likewise, a better understanding of the variety of ways in which students learn is driving the trend for the redesign of learning spaces, which creates opportunity for additional innovation adoption.

The demand for bigger and better will not wane in the higher education environment as these institutions continue to compete with outside options when it comes to attracting students and driving enrollment. Access to information doesn’t require a degree and higher learning must continue to demonstrate its worth.

To that end, College of Public Health CIO Sidney Fernandes and Director of Digital Innovations Alice Wei with the University of South Florida are prepared to outline in a webinar on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 02:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT, how they changed the way IT supports the college. The goal was to rapidly modernize and mobilize the student experience. Along with the help of Appian, the university has made significant investments and this webinar is an opportunity for others to learn from best practices. If you’re ready to make the investment, register for this free webinar




Edited by Stefania Viscusi


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