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The Dawn of the Digital Learner

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Exploring the State of #EducationNow with Cisco

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things, including how we educate our newest generation of learners. To help students adapt and thrive, educators need the tools and knowledge to deliver better learning experiences in online environments. Earlier this year, Cisco launched its #EducationNow series to look more closely at some of the impacts including who the new digital learner is, what educators can do to build and boost engagement, and how to maintain security and privacy online.

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be sharing a selection of Cisco’s articles through our own blog. Want to browse the complete series? You can find it here.

Brightspace and Webex

CirQLive MEETS supports the use of conferencing tools within Brightspace—including Webex Meeting Center, Webex Training Center, Webex Event Center, and Webex Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR). With single sign-on directly from the LMS, it’s easy for teachers and instructors to schedule and manage sessions, organize recordings and attendance records, and streamline processes by keeping everything in one secure, centralized space. Learn more about the integration here.

Join us in #EducationNow with the first blog in a three-part miniseries on the transition to hybrid learning.

With many educational organizations shifting their entire schedules to distance learning tools or full virtual environments indefinitely, never has the statement “we are all in this together” been more poignant.

Academic and information technology leaders had to lean in to a sharp learning curve, as educators transitioned from occasional online and asynchronous delivery of classes to mass distance education. The influx of support requests from teachers, students, guidance, administration, parents, and executives continues as we look to the fall semester. We truly are in this time of change together, and for our customers, it is key that we continue to lean in. The near future will require partners, vendors, and service providers to collaborate to support global education institutions. Many have realized that these tools open possibilities, and many also have a newfound appreciation for digital tools. Yes, this shift to a hybrid environment is a hill to scale, but the choices we make today are changing education forever.

Replication of a classic classroom dynamic, where teachers teach, students learn, and collaboration tools prepare us for regular assessment, is the first level of hybrid education. The true key to successful learning in this new environment is bolstering students’ ability to learn in a digital environment. With education traditionally focused on audible, kinetic, and visual learning types, teachers must adapt in order to identify what it means to be—and how to form and foster—digital learners, no matter their traditional learning style. The innovation we demonstrate in order to form digital learners in this life-altering period will define our ability to educate tomorrow.

So, is this a perfect time to innovate?

In the coming months of new methods of teaching and learning, we will see innovation and creative acceleration. This is the inflection point at which we will see a proof of value for hybrid learning.

Did students receive quality education during this period? Did advanced collaboration work with a 100% remote education platform? How can we better align campus and virtual classroom experiences?

Already we see requests for more technology integrations, acceptance of artificial intelligence to assist teachers, and a better understanding of real-time analytics.

We are on the cusp of creating digital learners and leveraging digital tools to initiate conversations, drive inquiry, enhance proficiency, create and adapt information, and—overall—accelerate a student’s success and career path. This is augmented education, and it is here to speed the road to success.

Moving to an augmented hybrid education environment will mean changes to more than just pedagogy. It heralds changes at all levels of campus life, education delivery, and skill development. Leveraging transformational tools already adopted in corporate environments— such as artificial intelligence and machine learning—augmented learning will use technology to build upon a student’s own proficiency and understanding. Of course, change brings fear. However, today we have the unparalleled opportunity to explore hybrid learning, to engage with our students and prepare them for success and careers in a rapidly changing world, and to pave the way for new educational models.

Now is the time for the dawn of the digital learner.

We are passionate about ensuring the continuity of learning through our Cisco education solutions portfolio. We can help you keep teachers, students, and administrators securely connected no matter where they are, so learning doesn’t have to stop in these difficult times. Discover our distance education solutions today.

Explore how Cisco is transforming education

Discover more innovative thought leadership in Cisco’s #EducationNow series, and stay tuned for the next blog in this series, coming next month: “Does Dyslexia Hold the Key to the Future of Learning?”

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