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New Ways To Use Technology?

on May 24, 2018 No comments

Back in the olden days, when I attended college, you could go to class or you could take courses online. Rarely did the two intersect. Which I always thought was a shame, because there are so many more productive ways to use technology, and sitting, listening to a lecture was sometimes less than stimulating.

I was looking for a timely topic for this week’s post and came across this article from CNBC. The Title intrigued me, Five things Today’s Leading Businesses Can Learn From Universities. The article addressed the subject of how to engage millenials, the need for companies to integrate sustainability into their corporate culture and environment, but it’s the third point that caught my eye. I think this is brilliant.

“3. Technology

“Third, is using technology to enable lifelong learning and talent development,” says Thomas.

One way in which colleges are leveraging new technology is by having students listen to lectures online so that they can participate in hands-on or discussion-based activities in class. “A number of universities have started to engage in something called ‘flipping the classroom,”‘ he says.

He argues that leveraging technology in this way is more productive and efficient, but required colleges to totally re-think how they educate students. Reinventions like these could allow companies to train and retrain their employees more efficiently says Thomas.

Tim Quinlan, Director of Digital Platform for Learning at Intel agrees. “If you’re not learning you’re dying,” he says. That’s why employees at companies like Intel and Tesla use online learning platforms likeDegreedEdX and Khan Academy to learn new skills and stay up to date on the newest developments in their fields.

The idea of being able to “attend” the classroom lectures online instead of in a classroom appeals to me. You’re not sitting next to someone who is scribbling notes furiously, or tapping their pencil, you are in your own area, comfortable, with hopefully few distractions. If the lectures are recorded, which I assume they are, then if you are confused about a certain point, or you have missed something, you can go back and review. I love that.

Then, in the actual class there is time for an exchange of ideas, of sharing and creating a better understanding of the subject matter.

I think this could also be very productive in business. Instead of sitting through 30 minutes of Power Point Presentations in a conference room, perhaps the Power Point, or whatever type of presentation, could happen earlier and the meeting could be shorter with talking points already formulated by the attendees.

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