As colleges and universities prepare for the unprecedented challenge of reopening campuses amid an ongoing pandemic, a few decision-makers in higher education spoke to EdTech about how they are addressing the most pressing concerns for the upcoming school year.
The speakers include: Ryan Seilhamer, assistant director of mobile strategy and innovation at the University of Central Florida; Kevin Walthers, superintendent and president of Allan Hancock College in central California; Matt Willmore, formerly the MobileND program manager at the University of Notre Dame, now senior director of product marketing at Modo Labs, where he advises over 300 college clients; and Ray Lefebvre, vice chancellor for information technology and CIO at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
EDTECH: Regardless of whether your campus is reopening or not, many classes will have to continue at least partially online. What mobile tools do professors need to ensure students are having good experiences during hybrid learning?
SEILHAMER: It’s not really what tools the faculty have. It’s more about what the students have. The faculty need to understand many students are mobile users, and make course content and activities mobile friendly. For example, using cloud services for assignment submission can ensure all student devices can access and submit documents anywhere. So, it’s not necessarily about the tool, but how the tools are being used.