Analog or Digital Learning – Your Choice

In this post Joshua Kim makes his case that analog, or paper-based learning, will never go away. He says students prefer to learn print-based materials. I’m not sure about that. Many students use their cell phones and tablets as learning devices, and my iPad is a very valuable learning tool for me that I use every day.

Learn in Your “Micro-Moments” with MIT’s WaitSuite Apps

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a suite of apps that let you learn while you are between floors on an elevator, waiting for a WiFi network to connect, or whatever. The WaitChatter instant messaging app will keep you on track, teaching you words in a foreign language related to the conversation you are having, while the Elevator Learning app will send you words to translate while your are waiting for an elevator to arrive. The team that developed the app claims that users learned about 57 new words in just over two weeks.

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Many Adult Learners Lacking in Digital Skills

The Pew Research report, Digital Readiness Gaps, found that many adult learners are not ready for online learning.

  • 33% of adults are not confident of their ability to use computers.
  • 14% are totally unprepared for online learning.
  • Only 17% of those who are prepared are confident of their digital skills.

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No Computers in Computer Lab at St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College, a private Roman Catholic liberal arts college located in De Pere, Wisconsin, renovated its computer science center. The college has started a bring-your-own-computer to school program, which requires all students to bring a laptop to school, so the new lab has no desktop computers in it. 98% of its students were already bringing their own computers to school, so computers in the new lab were not needed.