It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but remember a couple of months ago when we were all reading articles like “5 ways technology will impact higher ed in 2013” about trends to watch in 2013? Well, at the beginning of the year, I highlighted four of those high-impact trends educators should be on the lookout for. Three of those trends were around the rise of the cloud, personal devices and flipped teaching, but one trend I’m really excited about is that of hybrid learning.
As new technologies begin to be used across campuses, educators are often challenged to find ways to best integrate the old with the new. As John Chambers recently said in his post around the Internet of Everything, “My perspective is that it’s best to accept change as inevitable – to embrace it, lead it, and use it to shape desired outcomes,” and that’s exactly what I think will happen with hybrid learning. Read More »
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This six-part series focuses on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States. This part focuses on the fact that universities are more similar than they are different. Universities in the U.S. share common challenges: inadequate access, dated teaching methodologies, and perceived irrelevance of our current programs.
First, we have a problem of access: We simply do not have enough capacity to meet demand. In the U.S., there were 3.2 million graduating seniors in the class of 2012, 73 percent of whom believed they needed still more education to obtain higher-paying jobs. Since 2007 the number of international students has also increased by more than 20 percent. And, competition is increasingly stiff for places in top academic universities: Harvard accepted only 5.9 percent of applicants, and Yale accepted 6.8 percent. With only 4,000 higher education institutions in the U.S., it’s easy to see that we lack the capacity to continue delivering against the increase in demand. (U.S. Department of Education and the New York Times)
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School, college and university systems are facing unprecedented challenges. Education leaders are capitalizing on new technology trends to face these challenges, drive innovation and transform education. These themes, and more, will be explored during the Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders, 2013. We invite you to join us on March 19th (Americas and EMEA) and March 20th (Asia-Pacific), to hear from education futurists and innovative educators, and learn about leading-edge strategies and practical solutions that are improving the quality of education, everywhere.
The Virtual Forum will open with a keynote discussion on Amazing Trends that are Shaping the Future of Education, featuring Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium and founder of the Horizon Project. He is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on education. Larry will be joined by Dr. Ellen Junn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Jose State University. San Jose State is at the forefront of developing new education delivery models. Larry and Ellen will explore new and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of teaching and learning. They will offer insightful assessments of the impact of these trends and offer practical guidance on how schools, colleges and universities can capitalize on these trends to improve education outcomes.
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Schools are facing increasing security challenges, ranging from campus violence to thefts, from vandalism to natural disasters. Abductions, Shootings, Bullying, Thefts, Vandalism, Visitor Management, Bomb threats, Fire, Earthquakes, Local Community Emergencies.
According to the respondents to the Campus Safety Magazines 2013 yearbook & survey, here are some top challenges for schools in 2013:
- 43% more than 2 in 5 campuses lack a visitor management system
- 39% have a video system not integrated with other systems
- 33% have radio systems that can’t interoperate with first responder from other jurisdictions
- 25% or 1 in 4 campuses do not feel prepared to respond to active shooter incidents
Higher Education and school districts often have sufficient network infrastructures to support everything they need in terms of unified collaborative safety and security applications on the network including video surveillance, electronic access controls and incident management.
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Back in the days, I was one of those students who wanted the most up to date scientific calculators and the latest design of the Trapper Keeper notebook. These days, it’s the wifi access the students want, to stay connected anytime, anywhere on their smartphones or tablets.
According to the Cisco Connected World Technology Report more than 40% of Gen Y (18-30 year olds) “would feel anxious, like part of them were missing” if they couldn’t check their smartphones. I was chatting with my colleague Rochelle Brocks-Smith from the Healthcare team the other day and she was joking that soon, her kids will develop carpal tunnel syndrome with all the texting they do!
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