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Making Today's Classrooms Work for Current and Future Students: Technology Must Support Flexible Classroom Arrangements: Cory Cannon, President and CEO, wePresent

Magazine article University Business

Making Today's Classrooms Work for Current and Future Students: Technology Must Support Flexible Classroom Arrangements: Cory Cannon, President and CEO, wePresent

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Colleges and universities have been slowly but persistently transforming their traditional classroom spaces into rooms that facilitate active learning. How should classroom technology adapt to these changing spaces?

The purpose of technology must be to facilitate better learning and higher student engagement. Many institutions are moving toward the flipped classroom model because it puts students In the driver's seat. Students need to be able to fully participate In the classroom experience through their devices in this environment, and faculty need to be able to moderate this use of technology.

The use of BYOD has grown with the increased use of these huddle-style classrooms, where students gather in small groups with multiple, smaller screens. Flexibility is what students expect from their learning spaces, and technology needs to support that.

How are student expectations shaping this new use of classroom technology?

It is the job of technology providers to meet student expectations. When BYOD first started and students wanted to use their own devices in the classroom, we needed to make our products compatible with any device. But now there's an expectation that students want to use their devices in ways that do not disrupt how they use their technology outside the classroom. It is important to keep in touch with students and find out if they like to use apps, or prefer their web browser, for example. Knowing this is key to shaping a product in a way that will meet students' expectations.

What are the must-have features of instructional technology installations in today's classroom? …

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