Great contemporary ways to teach students

Wednesday, February 22 2012

The advance of technology over the years has offered alternative teaching tools for professors and universities. While textbooks and lectures may have been the preferred method of the past, today's on-the-go world calls for a more digital approach, especially for students with part-time or full time jobs. 

Consider the continuing education students working full-time
Many of these people are working upward of 30 to 40 hours a week, and are forced to attend night classes at a college or university. The commute to a class following a day's work may be frustrating enough, but enduring a strict school schedule while balancing work is extremely difficult for even the most motivated of students.

University of Phoenix, an online-based school, is one of many across the United States that tailors to working students. Instead of going to a classroom at a specific time, students can study and take exams from home during the week at time of their choosing.

Professors of both online-based and traditional schools can implement teaching tools online, such as webinars, shared documents and links to sources of context. Students in the current generation more than likely have access to a smartphone, laptop or mobile device, and can interact with that material on the go. According to The Nielsen Company, 62 percent of mobile users in the United States aged 25 to 32 own a smartphone, and Americans spend more than 160 minutes per day on mobile devices.

In addition to teaching students in a more effective way, webinars can be used as promotional content for a school or business. Recently, the University of California launched a course with free webinars to advertise its project management program.

"With an increasing number of companies seeking qualified project management professionals to improve organizational performance, UC Irvine Extension is meeting the demand by offering carefully designed courses geared toward these specific needs," Melanie Mitchell, acting director of management at UC Irvine Extension, said in a statement.

The pen-and-paper and brick-and-mortar methods of yesterday may not satisfy the current student in need of digital content.