The biggest challenge colleges face when designing new mobile services is a tendency to overplan, argues Cindy Bixler, chief information officer of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Tech Therapy team explores the challenges colleges face as the number of students and professors carrying smartphones and tablets grows.
Today, only 57% of students who attend college in the U.S. actually graduate. The country ranks 12th among 36 developed countries. President Obama’s administration has a stated goal for the U.S.: Take the lead in higher education completion rates by 2020. To accomplish this aim, Obama notes the need to foster critical thinking, champion problem solving and employ innovative knowledge to prepare students for college and careers.
Technical literacy and strong learning engagement are two important paths toward boosting college graduation rates and better preparing students for lifelong career success. However, technology is just one vital factor in a cumulative equation. Educators can benefit by rapidly adopting tablet devices and interactive digital publications.