Leveraging mobile for educational innovation, globally
Mobile Learning Week 2016 kicks off in a week’s time, hosted by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Holistically the event “seeks to advance understandings of how technology can be leveraged by UNESCO Member States and others to improve education.”
Themed “Innovating for Quality,” 2016’s organizers hope to “Shed light on the ways mobile technology can be leveraged – in different contexts and for different groups – to foster innovation in the education sector and assure high-quality learning opportunities for all people.”
Participate Socially: #MLW2016
We tried to get approval to go to the event but since it’s in Paris, France, we were politely declined (#bucketlist). Huge proponents of mobile inclusion, we’ll be following the event on Twitter and participating virtually, where possible.
CampusLogic leaders weigh in
We asked our experts to weigh in on the below question related to #MLW2016’s event subtheme three: Enhancing management, planning and evaluation.
Big data, cloud solutions and predictive analytics hold promise for education. For the past two decades, a number of technology firms have used data to make fine-grained and highly accurate predictions about consumer behavior. Are there examples of large data caches helping educators anticipate the needs of schools, teachers and students? How has big data helped education specialists make sense of the causes and conditions of school performance, teacher impact and student growth? Finally, as data capture techniques become more encompassing, how will student privacy be protected and assured?
“We need to use big data to help make College more accessible to low-income students but also help all students borrow more responsibly and truly evaluate the return on investment education. Inadequate financing is one of the primary reasons students drop out of school and that results in debt without degree. We can’t have that.”
“Institutions of higher education have a largely untapped data set for students that commercial companies would die to have for predicting the behavior of their customers. Just as companies today are looking for innovative ways to harvest data from everything we touch and use – the internet of things (IOT) educational institutions can tap into classroom technologies and move all student services online allowing for a more complete picture of student behavior. This will allow them to develop a set of data to capture student behavior, assess learning in real time and provide personalized experiences for their students. Earlier intervention resulting from these data frameworks like the PAR Student Success Framework will provide models that these technologies and data sets can be applied to. The protection of student privacy will require these institutions to transparent policies that allow student and parent the option of opting in and managing their data as a personal asset.”
“Utilization of data and identification of trends and corresponding outcomes is an area of great opportunity within higher education. Given the highly diversified populations at any one given institution it has become virtually impossible to develop services and student engagement that are a one size fits all. The utilization of student specific data allows for EdTech and institutions at large to better engage with student populations increasing the opportunity for success and positive educational outcomes. The use of technology that provides AI can evaluate and adjust in real-time allowing schools to be more responsive to student diversified needs.”
Jason Saunders, VP of Engineering
“Cloud solutions provide schools and companies an incredible resource that can provide not only on-demand infrastructure but also data storage, tools and security at a scale that would be impossible to achieve with their own resources. The ability to pay-by-use with the option to scale resources when needed provides a unique balance of cost and growth as needed. In terms of security, it’s unlikely that most institutions have the staff and technical expertise to secure their own self-hosted infrastructure as well as cloud service providers such as Microsoft and Amazon who have dedicated experts to this end. Add to that the built-in redundancy and backups performed by cloud providers automatically to protect against data loss and down time and you see the great power and potential of these solutions.”
What are your thoughts on this theme? Let us know in the comments.