To deliver 24/7 mobile centric learning, we’re not just experimenting in Qualcomm Labs, but engaging with the education community.
Earlier this month, I spent a week on the road attending education conferences and working with great organizations such as Digital Promise and The League of Innovative Schools. We feel that it’s incredibly important to listen to, and engage with the academic community, and make sure that we're bringing to market the technology solutions that truly meet the needs of educators, students and parents. There are so many positive outcomes that can be accomplished if we work together.
The week started off with the Annual Educause Conference in Orlando, FL. It was an invaluable way to gain an understanding of the breadth of issues facing technology deployment in higher education.
Educause Annual Conference
“The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference presents a robust, community-generated program that explores today's toughest IT issues facing higher education. With over 300 sessions and more than 500 speakers—it convenes some of the brightest minds in the community.”
An interesting perspective that I gleaned from attendees was that the conversations and presentations were less and less about “IT and systems” and more about student learning, increasing engagement and positive outcomes. This was highlighted as a very positive trend. However, I also detected attendees’ frustration that while lots of innovation is happening in the Ed Tech space (finally), there continues to be concern about “vendor lock.” This has to be solved to allow institutions to take advantage of the best/most innovative solutions quickly and inexpensively, without breaking their current systems. Lastly, at Educause, I was surprised to hear that 24/7 access to peers, instructors and learning materials is a problem for students in higher education. (We knew it continues to be a problem in K-12, but the topic came up a number of times regarding to higher ed.)
Following Educause, I traveled to our Nation’s capital, Washington DC for a series of meetings with a group called The League of Innovative Schools, which is overseen by Digital Promise.
“The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools is a national coalition of school district superintendents that fosters collaboration between education leaders and entrepreneurs, researchers, and thought partners.”
This inspiring group of forward-thinking leaders are dedicated to sharing successes and failures, thoughts and ideas to solve the challenges facing K-12 schools in the U.S. today.
I spent some time touring some of the DC public schools and I thought the schools were exemplary of a district that is pushing forward with new and innovative solutions through the hard work and determination of visionary leader Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under Kaya, the district is executing on ambitious goals and is committed to reaching them. It was great to see plans in action with actual students and teachers.
Qualcomm Education is a new member of Digital Promise and The League of Innovative Schools and we look forward to working together with this outstanding group of education leaders.
To sum up my roadtrip: lots of good learning and insights... and lots opportunities out there. Now it's time to build up our contributions to aiding and accelerating 24/7 access to learning materials via mobile centric learning.
You can read about Qualcomm’s efforts in education here.