How Customizing Content using Digital Tools Can Make Education Student Focused - A Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Case Study

Concurrent Session 10

Brief Abstract

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a polytechnic and applied science institute that provides training in varied areas of study. They adopted digital learning tools to help streamline content customization and to better share content between departments. The school uses Möbius Assessment in conjunction with its learning management system, Moodle. This approach has saved them money and helped them customize their content to specific courses.

Presenters

At the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Mark Schneider is best known not only for his passion for delivering instruction but also for his ongoing commitment to educational technology research. Since 2011, Mark has delivered mathematics instruction geared toward engineering technologies as well as academic upgrading. As a polytechnic, NAIT provides career programs in diverse areas where Mark plays a critical role in developing an online footprint and in crafting computer-mediated assessments.
Andrew Rourke is the Director of the Teaching Solutions Group at DigitalEd. For over 20 years, Andrew has served higher education by acting as a bridge between the technology and education communities. During that time he has become a trusted advisor to both instructors and administrators, helping them make use of technology tools for online course delivery, testing and assessment, and in-class instruction. Andrew regularly shares his passion for education technologies by speaking worldwide at conferences and post-secondary campuses in support of the wide range of objectives within the academic community.

Extended Abstract

Modern digital learning tools are valuable assets that better equip instructors to tailor course materials to meet the specific needs of students. These tools allow for a high-degree of customization, allowing institutions to deliver education that is more efficient, cost-effective and student-focused.

Digital learning tools, especially those designed specifically for STEM courses, provide great benefit to both instructors and students. By administering tests and assignments using these assets, instructors can better assess student learning and minimize time spent marking, which provides time to cover additional materials and interact directly with students. Software with automatic grading capabilities provides instructors with valuable data on student performance, and gives students instant feedback.   Automated testing also allows students to practice concepts and work through materials at their own pace to further improve their skills.

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a polytechnic and applied science institute that provides training in varied areas of study. They adopted digital learning tools to help streamline content customization and to better share content between departments. The school uses Möbius Assessment in conjunction with its learning management system, Moodle. This approach has saved them money and helped them customize their content to specific courses.

Attendees of this presentation will discover:

  • How digital learning tools can enhance the educational experience for both instructors and students
  • How NAIT is using technology to transform the way they develop and administer content at the school