- Ed Tech Magazine delivers insight into the world of engaging faculty members to embrace open-source learning technology, as described by George Washington University instructional designer and open source advocate Tara Lifland.
- Lifland says exposing the recruitment benefits from students sharing open-source experiences on social media, showcasing the retention and completion numbers associated with open access courses, and connectivity with other digital learning resources are the ideal ways to show the value of the future of teaching and learning.
- These elements, Lifland says, help make clear the ROI of investing in open source platforms and their benefits to the academic enterprise.
While the impact of MOOCs has been up for debate among academic leaders, there is no question that the future of education will be in the level of convenience students can access by traditional and innovative means. This accompanies the idea of students growing more comfortable with their personal data being used to improve the campus experience, and shows that campus executives must be conscious of how prevalent technology must become in the learning and living experience.
Even in the traditional academic setting, the desire for interactivity with information, real-time engagement with gamification or other means of interaction, will be how students define their academic preparation, and the message they will give to other students and graduates.