The campus workforce today is multigenerational. Millennials, Generation Xers and Baby Boomers all have different goals and expectations—and keeping the engagement levels high for such diverse populations can be a challenge, says Cody Gregg, dean of Library and Learning Support Services for South Texas College, located near the Mexican border.
On campus, financial services for students directly interact with the college’s infrastructure. To create a satisfactory user experience, payment, loan and refund options must be secure while remaining accessible for students, parents and administrators. These processes must also meet new industry regulations.
The Annual Harman Innovation Awards at UBTech are now open for applications from innovative campuses nationwide. The annual HARMAN Innovation Awards at UBTech celebrate innovative higher education institutions and their use of AV and IT Technology in 5 categories.
The Annual Harman Innovation Awards at UBTech are now open for applications from innovative campuses nationwide. The annual HARMAN Innovation Awards at UBTech celebrate innovative higher education institutions and their use of AV and IT Technology, and will present $25,000 in hardware and software to the winners in 5 categories.
Universities utilizing the latest lecture capture technology are quickly discovering the storage of new content may be its largest challenge. Not only does this content need to be available 24/7, but it must be easily discoverable and clearly catalogued for students to properly engage with available course materials.
The increase of adult learners in higher ed continues to alter how institutions are serving students, in terms of academic content as well as administrative processes. Colleges and universities must recognize the unique needs of post-traditional learners, including flexible scheduling and the firm expectation of a marketable degree upon graduation.
Distance learning is a vital education model with many moving parts to manage. Fusing a variety of technologies to create a safe, engaging and easily accessible online environment for students becomes such a large mission that faculty and administration must closely collaborate to achieve success.
What made you decide to volunteer for this important job at UBTech?
I have very ambitious aspirations. I originally wanted to be an astronaut. I’d say this is a close second, so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it. Sometimes in life you just need to shoot for the stars.
Which game show host is your biggest inspiration?
They’re all amazing. I don’t know how they always know all the right answers. They’re very smart.
The technological capability of college and university campuses is driven not only by learning requirements, but by student expectation as well. As tech advances pervade the academic and retail sectors of campuses, the demand for personalization options increases. Institutions must rise to meet these innovating trends while evading more superficial fads in the tech space.
As active classroom design evolves to serve both faculty and student needs, hard technology (and their required support networks) are often at the forefront of planning. Just as vital, however, is the furniture that supports these technologies.