Cross-institutional collaboration, hybrid/blended learning and redesigned or “flipped” classrooms are among some of the trends in technology in higher education shared at California State University, Northridge’s recent Technology Fair.
These and other developments were shared by presenters at the fifth annual fair on May 28. Samantha Becker and Holly Ludgate of New Media Consortium, a Texas-based group of universities, museums and research centers that encourages the exploration of new technologies for teaching and learning, talked about “trends, challenges and emerging technologies in higher education.”
Mike Robertson, an award-winning speaker and author, explained how to use technology for engagement and retention. He told the audience that technology is a “tool” meant to be used to engage; however, he said that technology without creativity and vision is incomplete.
Hilary Baker, CSUN’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, welcomed the campus community to the annual event, which serves as an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn about trends and emerging technologies in higher education.
Vendors at the fair included Box, a leading company in online file collaboration; Lynda.com, a provider of online video tutorials in various subjects; and OnBase, a strategic enterprise content-management (ECM) solution. Representatives from Apple, Dell and HP were also on hand to answer questions.