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Innovation and Technology: Obama Talks New Methods for Delivering Value in Higher Education

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As the learning industry continues to grow and evolve, the need to make education more available for every individual will continue to be a priority. Every day, we see more and more organizations further this goal and adapt to shifting trends that will shape the industry going forward. Whether that’s by working to accommodate students’ unique needs, provide mobile access capabilities, or deploy scalable solutions that support thousands of users, creating a high quality learning experience will only have the greatest impact if it is made available to as many people as possible.

In the higher education space, this means dealing with issues surrounding college affordability.


A recent White House press statement outlined the Obama administration’s proposed agenda for addressing rising college tuitions. The President’s plan emphasizes the need to not only make the higher education experience more affordable, but also “shine a light on the most cutting-edge college practices for providing high value at low costs.”

The White House’s comprehensive fact sheet demonstrates a philosophy shared by many organizations throughout the learning industry, including Desire2Learn. Specifically, they cite the adoption of new learning technologies as a promising method for achieving affordability goals. Several of the trends and practices that have been enabled by these innovations are referenced – MOOCs, blended learning, and “flipped classroom” are some notable examples.

In the release, the White House also goes beyond referencing these philosophical changes to point out how some technologies are already helping higher education institutions create value and optimize the learning experience from both cost and quality perspectives. One of the examples mentioned is Desire2Learn’s Degree Compass™ solution, which helps guide students through the course selection process to establish the most efficient pathway to academic success. We worked closely with educators at Austin Peay State University to develop this tool, a collaboration you can read more about in our detailed case study.

It’s tremendously inspiring to see a global governing leadership devoted to excellence in higher education bringing visibility to these ideas. With support for innovation and new technology as fundamental concepts of modern learning, institutions will be better positioned to address them as core priorities in the future of education.

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