Here’s a great list of creative uses for smartphones in education from OnlineUniversities.com, a site that lists universities and colleges (in the US as far as I can see) offering degrees through online courses.
Flexible and distance learning is going to grow at a huge rate in the coming years and it will be interesting to see what impact that has on traditional campus-based institutions. There are a number of drivers:
- Continuing rise in tuition fees for traditional degree courses.
- Trend towards life-long learning. Once I’m in a career, or looking after family, I can’t afford the time and cost of full-time, on-campus study.
- The power of technology – just like flexible/mobile working, technology enables distance learning to be rich and interactive.
- Removal of capacity constraints and barriers – by removing the physical constraints of classrooms and lecture halls, universities can offer education (and collect revenue) from a bigger (virtual) intake. And, without those constraints, they can afford to lower educational barriers to entry – the cost of student failure for the institution is lower so why not let students take the risk?