Workshops and Roundtable offer invaluable Return on Mission for higher education leaders
Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, is spearheading several thought leadership workshops and an invitation-only roundtable discussion during EDUCAUSE, October 18 – 21 in Philadelphia, PA.
Sponsored by Desire2Learn and Select Content Provider Partner, Cengage Learning, the exclusive invitation only roundtable involved a select group of higher education thought leaders from across the United States and Canada. Participant expertise and insight directed the discussion on the roundtable topic: Mobile Learning and the eLifestyle. Participants came away with ideas to implement in their own mobile learning programs. Dr. Donald Norris, President of Strategic Initiatives, was the featured speaker.
A new term, Mobile Learning or M-learning, encompasses learning with portable technologies including but not limited to handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks and mobile phones. M-learning focuses on the mobility of the learner, interacting with portable technologies, and learning that supports the needs of an increasingly mobile population. M-learning is moving beyond laptop devices to smart phones, iPads, and new concept devices made possible by technology convergence.
Habituated smart phone users are living what has been coined “the e-Lifestyle” using ambient technologies to fuse all of the activities in their lives. As next-generation devices become more powerful and amenable, and emerge in sanctioned university usage, they will change the way learners and faculty engage and experience knowledge in learning, research, application, and problem solving.
This roundtable session explored the practicalities of introducing, accelerating and leveraging M-learning and the e-Lifestyle. Norris stressed that higher education is in a period of recalibration, with mobile devices having the potential to dramatically change learning experiences and educational models.
Drawing upon global examples, participants engaged in discussions and were provided references on new research on how the patterns, cadences, and rhythms of 21st Century, digitally-supported thinking, knowing and doing will be different from traditional practices. The goal was to share best practices and thought leadership from varying perspectives, and to collectively contribute to the publishing of a whitepaper and/or best practices on this topic.
“Institutional leaders are faced with a rapidly changing educational landscape. They want to know how they can leverage M-learning based on the eLifestyle to better prepare graduates for 21st century employment,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Institutions want to achieve competitive advantage and to extend their relationship with learners and employers beyond basic education and training. It is our intent to aid in this process, to provide a solid return on mission.”
Complementing the roundtable, are a series of 11 workshops running Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20. EDUCAUSE attendees are invited to participate in as many workshops as possible. Desire2Learn subject matter experts and partners will conduct deep dives into a variety of current topics of relevance to higher education professionals. Participants will discover how Desire2Learn’s advanced platform and solutions will help their institutions achieve their vision for learning and success at every organizational level. All sessions are in Meeting Room 118B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
While at EDUCUASE, attendees are invited to visit the Desire2Learn booth, demo the full slate of Desire2Learn products, watch presentations, and take a turn at constructing a giant molecule puzzle! Throughout the conference, the “Spot the Molecule” contest will be running and draws will occur on October 19 and October 20 for a variety of prizes. Be sure to drop by booth #727 on the conference show floor to find out more.