Virtually Inspired: A Showcase of Innovations in Online Learning
Concurrent Session 6
Experience the extensive research uncovered of those using an array of innovative technologies and practices to engage students in authentic, active and customized learning experiences.
In contemplating the future of teaching and learning, there are more than a few forward-thinking institutions in the process of re-imagining it, using an array of innovative technologies and practices to engage students in active, authentic, and customized learning experiences.
Rigorous research has been conducted under the direction of Drexel University Online, comprising of dozens of interviews with faculty, administrators, and training officers worldwide to uncover the innovations and technologies being implemented.
For example, by enabling sophisticated educational games and simulations, virtual reality (VR) technologies empower students to actively and authentically learn by doing, through repetitive and thought-provoking practice, within a safe and multi-sensory environment, a proven approach for mastering expert knowledge and complex skills.
In a similar vein, holography allows students to create and manipulate their own three-dimensional, free-standing images through photographic projection, using special headsets and other wearable devices. As such, this technology can support any number of authentic and customized learning experiences, from virtual field trips through 16th century villages to science experiments that are too dangerous, expensive, or difficult to perform in real life.
Other areas researched include adaptive learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, learning platforms/tools, robotic telepresence, video, virtual labs, virtual worlds, and technologies on the horizon. Examination across several discipline areas from general studies to specialization areas was conducted. More than 50 leading examples were uncovered.
This session will showcase a few innovative approaches and the many ways technologies are being effectively optimized for teaching and learning around the world. In doing so, participants will actually see these tools in action, while exploring why and how they are rapidly reinventing education in the age of connected teaching and learning. A healthy and interactive discussion around the technology and pedagogical practice will be facilitated to engage participants.