In a recent lecture presented at Stanford University in the United States, leading researcher in the field of education, Professor Candace Thille discussed the latest findings in learning research and the use of technology in higher education.
The classical answers are:
- Increased access and convenience (the MOOCS argument)
- Simulation (learning from online/digital resources and models)
- Connection and crowd-sourcing (connectivity, internet, and interaction)
While these are indeed important advantages to technological advancements, the new approach in learning goes further to offer educators and learners additional and critical new breakthroughs in their educational journey.
Learning from leading Silicon Valley firms whose business models depends on large data and customer behavior, educational institutions of the future will utilize technology to learn about the learners. The interface would allow instructors and institutions to observe, collect data, and understand the needs, habits, strengths, and weaknesses of the student, allowing us to serve him/her better.
Collecting student interaction data in such a set up will drive powerful feedback loops to multiple actors in the teaching and learning system. Such loops would inform the learner, the teacher, the designers of the technology, and the researchers of science of learning.
As an educational institution that is founded on science and that prides itself in bringing research to practice, is involved in studies and projects that develop such platforms and interfaces. We would be happy to answer your questions in this regard.
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