Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education
12. Centers of Excellence: On-Campus Strategy to Create a Learning Environment
Centers of Excellence, On-campus Strategy to Learning Environments
This section outlines a possible path by outlining a visualization exercise that higher education institutions could take to get started with creating learning environments.
Connected Centers of Excellence
The Internet already has enabled the transformation of higher education by streamlining campus administrative processes, enhancing facilities such as dorms and classrooms, enabling digital libraries, expanding access to distance learning, and creating more engaging learning environments through video and simulations. Given the proliferation of new technologies and devices on campus, and more expected in the future, institutions are trying to understand how to get started with creating next-generation learning environments, continuous technology evaluation, training, and adoption. These technologies include Web 2.0, multimedia, virtual presence, gaming, and next-generation mobile devices. This is particularly challenging because a college campus may have a multitude of stakeholders (administration, faculty, and students) with varying needs ← 109 | 110 → and levels of expertise, as well as varying campus technology implementations, budgets, and goals. The task may seem daunting and unachievable.
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