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Emerging Technologies Make Learning Easier

From generation to generation, parents feel compelled to tell the rising youth personal reflections from their old school days. These struggles, whether embellished or endured, often involve comments like, “Back in my day we walked 30 miles through snow, to and from school, with 50 pounds of homework on our backs.”

Today’s generation of students will probably have a hard time convincing anyone they ever had to carry 50 pounds of homework, thanks to technological solutions such as e-Readers, which provide a lightweight solution to a “heavy” problem, or online lectures, which afford the opportunity for students to never set foot outside of his/her dorm room (relatively speaking, of course).

Technology has evolved in indescribable capacities year after year. Students are now able to harness the power of laptops, netbooks, recorded lectures, virtual classrooms and much more. Here’s a sneak peak at top, useful technologies for which students everywhere should be thankful (and it may give you some gift ideas for the holidays).

Laptops, Netbooks and e-Readers:

e-Readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, offer customized textbook rental periods, alleviates clutter created from piles of old, unused books and has a lightweight body for hours of comfortable reading and studying. Laptops and netbooks both allow students to take notes while simultaneously surfing the web to find real-time answers/information for vivid classroom discussions, group meetings and more. These luxuries combined provide students with more efficient ways of organization and overall relief for their academic lives day-to-day.

Tegrity

Tegrity is a class capturing system that instructors can use to record lectures for their students. Instructors are also able to capture the contents of their computer screens during lectures. Students can create their own Tegrity recordings, bookmark various content in a recorded lecture, and communicate with each other from inside a Tegrity course while watching recorded lectures.

DegreeWorks

DegreeWorks is a Web-based tool for students to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion. DegreeWorks allows students and their advisors to plan future academic coursework.

This tool:

  •   Provides real-time counsel for degree-seeking students
  •   Potentially speeds time to graduation and/or streamlines the process
  •   Gives intuitive web access to self-service capabilities
  •   Allows direct access to multiple related services and advice through hyperlinks to catalog information, class schedules, transcripts, help desk services, & FAQs

The list definitely doesn’t stop here! What are some of your favorite technologies for which you’re most excited about using? Tweet us at www.twitter.com/OITatUA or post on our wall at http://www.facebook.com/ITatUA.

Sincerely,

Dr. John P. McGowan

Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer

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