3.) Education on demand
Distance learning platforms, virtual learning environments or VLE, learning management systems and extensive online open courses or MOOC’s are all different ways of allowing that rare resource — the domain expert with good teaching skills — to provide teaching to a class over the world wide web in an inviting, multimedia format. No longer do students necessarily have to be in a classroom, per se; instead, they can now view video streams of lectures whenever and wherever they happen to be at that moment in time. These layouts allow them to communicate with other students and teachers, download additional materials, upload completed assignments and much more. However, ‘lecture capture,’ in which classes are recorded for streaming as-is or after being improved by utilizing video production skills, has allowed establishments of education to take another look at the success of live lectures and lecturers. If lectures can be recorded, why would the lecturer, physically ever need to redeliver that talk? Couldn’t his or her time be better used doing something more productive?
2.) Analyze and optimize
Classroom teaching is not the most successful way of communicating intelligence. This is the argument many professors are saying these days. Professors now claim that lectures will always be a little too ahead of its time for some students and too boring and old school for others. To make that a more lenient and compliant process, professors now point to the pros of utilizing learning analytics and adaptive learning technologies, from businesses such as Knewton and Smart Sparrow. They evaluate how their students surf through the online aspects of courses to see, for instance, if they need any other support or if the course itself needs to be improved to make it more understandable. The problem is, these new technologies could cost people their jobs.
3.) Imperative for change
CIOs in industries around the world most definitely believe that change is well overdue. The portrait they paint most of the time is of an education factor not succeeding in providing those with the strategies that their organizations need the most. With software now taking over basically every factor, really, it’s how well and successfully the people are applying and leveraging that technology, that is what will determine whether these concepts, and even business and governmental agencies — accomplish their goals. The bigger issue is though that it’s not generating people to take on jobs, specifically in IT. There are two key reasons — at least at college level — are the lack of teachers with the right skills in both teaching and the subjects being taught; and how long it takes a student to learn and take in a subject in adequate depth and breadth to have the ability of using it in in an educational environment. Here is where digital software is already coming up with answers that have the audacity to revolutionize teaching education — at least if taken in well enough. And once, again, the role of the teacher that will mostly be changed.
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