iPhones for Educators

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?

About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (http://burningpine.com).
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