Educators have a unique journey as they digitize their campuses. Each stakeholder has a wide variety of needs and wants. The DEX journey must solve problems for all of them while paving a way for even more changes in the future. The academic ecosystem includes student services, admissions, sports, alumni services, textbook publishers, facility management and more.
Classrooms are changing, adopting new education technology products that make teaching and learning highly interactive. Video lectures, digital texts, and online collaboration between faculty and students and among students themselves are all commonplace these days.
Faculty are now using advanced technology for teaching and presentations. As a result, collaboration software and large screen displays are transforming classrooms. When classrooms have high-definition displays, guest speakers can weigh in on important topics or even provide an entire collaborative lecture with the regular faculty who are on site. Video conferencing technology has an enormous impact on the college classroom. It also allows remote rural students access to educational opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.
The demands that faculty place on administrators to enable these high-tech teaching methods (and the classrooms to support them) are intensifying. They want access to powerful teaching tools like Microsoft Project and professional upgrades to familiar software products like Microsoft Word in a cost-efficient way. Increasingly, they’re using video in the classroom and demanding the tools they need to make engaging video presentations possible. Some are even using gamification, which can serve to motivate students to learn if applied correctly. But without the proper platforms and tools, their teaching goals cannot be met.
Students want premium products for homework and class projects, like Office 365, which will prepare them for the real world. In the world of higher education where competition for students is more intense than ever, these demands take priority.
All of this requires a robust digital platform that allows visibility, control, and security. Security is a top priority when it comes integrating new technology into academic settings. Student data has long been tightly guarded and the new digital era intensifies that drive to new levels.