Students in Judy Strauss’ marketing classes at the University of Nevada, Reno are as likely to use Facebook as they are textbooks to complete their assignments.
They use e-portfolios — a collection of the student’s work captured digitally — to grab the attention of potential employers instead of submitting online resumes or paper resumes.
And for their final exam for Strauss’ Internet Marketing class, the students organized a flash mob performance last May at Reno Tahoe International Airport to raise awareness for Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes mental and physical developmental problems.
Welcome to higher education in the tech-savvy 21st century.
It’s a brave new world in which students use interactive platforms for class projects, learn in virtual classrooms and access Massively Open Online Courses that are free for anyone in the world with a computer and a connection to the Internet.
Ever-changing forms of delivering knowledge will play an important role as higher education struggles to educate students who can compete against growing global competition while dealing with state and federal budget cuts, rising tuition and poor graduation rates.
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