Staying Up-to-Date With the Latest Innovations in Higher Ed - MedCerts

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Staying up-to-date with the latest EdTech can help you make informed decisions about how to help your clients achieve their job training goals. Innovative technology has made distance learning more interactive and efficient than ever. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the innovations in higher ed. Here's a quick rundown of some of the latest examples of how EdTech can help your clients succeed and how you can keep up with emerging technology.

Examples of New Technologies in Higher Education

Some of these tools are already widespread, while others are just beginning to be implemented.

Artificial Intelligence

AI-powered tools can analyze large amounts of data and provide personalized feedback and guidance to each student. This can help adult learners, who often have different learning styles and needs than traditional students. AI-powered tutors can provide additional support and resources for adult learners struggling with a particular concept. AI can also be used to create adaptive learning systems, which adjust the difficulty of the material and the pace of instruction based on the student's performance. This can be useful for your clients who have been out of school for a while or have limited time to devote to their studies.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality technology can provide adult learners with immersive and interactive experiences that simulate real-world environments and scenarios, which can be particularly beneficial for fields such as healthcare, engineering, and construction. Students in a nursing program could use VR to practice patient care in a simulated hospital environment, while adult learners in a construction program could use VR to practice building techniques in a virtual construction site. This type of hands-on learning can help adult learners better understand and retain the material and prepare them for the real-world applications of their field.

Mobile Learning

Mobile learning, also known as m-learning, uses mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access educational content and resources. Mobile learning can also be used for online assessments, quizzes, and coursework submissions, which can help your clients stay on track and complete their studies on schedule.

Interactive and Immersive Learning

Interactive and immersive learning technologies, such as gamification, 3D simulations, and virtual worlds, can create engaging and interactive learning experiences that can be especially beneficial for adult learners. These technologies allow your clients to actively participate in their learning rather than just passively listening. As an example, MedCerts is one of the schools on the leading edge in incorporating interactive and immersive learning for students.

Tips for Staying Updated on EdTech Trends

Here are some ways you can keep up-to-date with new online learning tools in education:

Helping Your Clients Succeed With EdTech

Online learning technologies can help your clients learn new job skills when traditional school options may be limited. By choosing an innovative learning environment such as MedCerts that takes advantage of everything EdTech can offer students, your clients can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in rewarding careers such as healthcare and information technology.

Portrait of Rafael Castaneda
Senior Vice President of Workforce Development

With more than 20 years in the postsecondary arena, Rafael has focused on workforce strategies that build programmatic pathways for unemployed and underemployed students from underserved populations.

Before joining MedCerts, Rafael was the chief academic officer and dean of education at CBD College, a private two-year allied health college in Los Angeles. He also served as a strategy and innovation leader for Jobs for the Future (JFF) crafting connections between postsecondary actors and thought leaders. He is a member of the advisory board of the University of California, Irvine’s Customer Experience Program. Rafael has worked with over 2K schools and 1K workforce organizations & employers on solutions.

He strongly believes the three-legged stool of workforce success are schools, businesses, and community organizations but they need a catalyst and that is where MedCerts comes in – as the driver of the solutions to supplement and complement the three.

A passionate believer in education as a great equalizer, Rafael joined MedCerts because the organization provides the opportunity to actively participate in bridging the digital divide and skills gap for unserved populations of students. This extremely rewarding and tangible championing of education-based initiatives alongside serving all demographics students provides a rare opportunity to not just speak, but do.

Rafael is a husband to a brilliant and talented wife, father to two ambitious daughters, and an active member of his community. You will find him at a spin class most weekday mornings and doing outside activities with his family and their French bulldog, Penny, on the weekends. He has lived and worked in all time zones and in nine states over the past 12 years. Connect with Rafael on LinkedIn.

Published on February 14, 2023


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