By Anthony Molinia, CIO, IT Services, University of Newcastle
Digitizing the Teaching-Learning TrendsDigitization is a real game changer in the higher education sector, providing the primary focus is on the students, researchers and staff. We see digitization as an enabler of greater efficiency for teaching. It is a way of delivering and facilitating a more engaging learning experience for our students as we learn and predict with the data that digital technologies allow us to capture. Whether you believe that digital disruption will lead to the commoditization of education, dis-intermediation of the educator, consolidation of the institution or simply allow for innovation around the edges, it is fundamental to have a strategy in place to respond to or capitalize on the opportunities that present themselves in that space.
New Dimensions to LearningWe look at opportunities presented by Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality technologies that has the capability to supplement the in-classroom teaching, pedagogy and content. An example of utilizing augmented reality sees a traditional two-dimensional textbook image of the brain or nervous system come to life using a mobile phone or projected holograms. In the virtual digital classroom, we look at mixed reality avatars to simulate and mimic real world scenarios in the classroom.
Technology Is Fundamental In Being Able To Respond To The Disruptions In The Higher Education Sector