Monday, February 17, 2014
Tech Mandates with Part-Time Students
So wise and worldly readers, I’m hoping to draw on your collective wisdom. Have you seen a way around this dilemma that results in genuine savings for students, a level playing field across income levels and disability status, and good choices for faculty?
But how much is it a matter of simply reading, and how many interactive tools are coming with a given OER? You'll have trouble if the student can't put themselves in position to actually do interactive exercises online...again, like DD says, there are open labs in place darn near everywhere, but that's no assurance that you'll have those open labs available when the part-timers need them...
...unless you allowed students with designated need the capacity to schedule lab time, as part of the class?
I don't know. Tossing against wall, seeing what sticks.
My data say the problem is small and getting smaller every year, provided you are talking about a resource that is not tied to a particular platform or tailored to a particular o/s. In other cases, like some proprietary homework or "learning management" systems, you can be dealing with a nightmare if they assume you will use a big screen desktop and you are using it on a phone.
Your survey would tell you what your students have, and then you can insist that vendors support all of those options.
And consider the option of a text that is more like a reference manual for the subject than something so detailed that reading it is like going to class.
A cheap laptop/kindle whatever is less than that