D2L is once more looking forward to attending SURF Onderwijsdagen which this year takes place on 6-7 November, in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Now in its 20th year, the event will look back on 20 years of technology innovation in education, asking the question: where are we now in 2018? What opportunities and challenges are there ahead and what do institutions and teachers need in order to innovate?
Events such as these provide the ideal opportunity for educators and technology innovators to meet and share their ambitions, goals and successes. It’s only through discussion and collaboration of this type that the capabilities of technology will go on to be harnessed to meet the needs of students, teachers and administrators.
Learning at an individual level
Globally, one of the challenges facing higher education today is meeting the needs of increasingly diverse student groups and we’re looking forward to sharing how D2L’s Brightspace can help in this area. By engaging students, learning outcomes can be maximised but everyone is different, so the question becomes how to deliver courses that achieve this for all students.
There are a range of ways technology can help. One is through personalised learning journeys which adapt to meet individuals’ needs. Students spend different amounts of time on each topic in order to fully understand them. Some may need additional material to help them grasp areas where their understanding is not as strong. Adaptive learning pathways can supplement core course content with additional material when it’s needed, only moving the student onto the next topic once release conditions have been met. In this way, learning outcomes can be maximised and the learning experience is an individual one.
When it’s time to move on
We’re also hoping that SURF Onderwijsdagen will provide an opportunity to discuss how technology can help students equip themselves for life beyond higher education. One way is by equipping students with a digital record of their achievements and skills. An ePortfolio tool as part of the learning platform gives students something they can take with them into the workplace, or the next stage of their education. It’s like a visual CV – a more dynamic record of achievements which doesn’t just record learning outcomes, but can also be used to showcase skills, for example through videos that demonstrate the student’s capabilities.
SURF Onderwijsdagen provides an ideal opportunity to examine how far along we are on our journey to technology-enabled learning to help meet the needs of today’s students. It is also a chance to explore the opportunities and challenges that are yet to come. We hope to see you at Surf Onderwijsdagen.