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Valuing interactive face-to-face education.

 

Much has been publicized about changing education models, the expectations of students, and the need to respond to changes in constituent trust and needs.  Successful institutions of Higher Education and Research are warned they must adapt for changing demographics and learning models, increasingly moving off-campus with global outreach.

 

While faculty and students of the future are ubiquitous,digital, and mobile, what appears to be commonly over looked are the changing models of (non) interaction between those same faculty and students.

 

More specifically, on any given day, on any given campus, too often students (and faculty) are face-down in their phones reading, typing and texting, often times with headphones to block out any “extraneous” noise.  While efficiencies can be acknowledged with these forms of advanced communication devices, it may be easy to overlook what may increasingly be lost: real face-to-face interpersonal communication.

 

Regardless of the occupation or professional field, the skills of a good manager often boil down to good communication; and that communication is often delivered with face-to-face interaction.  For some people, talking face-to-face comes easier than to others; but in all cases, some practice is necessary. Unfortunately,  this opportunity to practice is made very challenging with increased focus on remote course-work and mobile communication.

 

For this reason, the importance and value of on-campus interaction and interpersonal learning should never be discounted.  The development of comprehensive management skill-sets, and training the best managers of the future may depend on it.

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  1. Werner FELGER

    The changes sought are at many levels, including the introduction of tablet devices in class rooms. The evidence for impact of tablet devices in class rooms supporting education process however remains anecdotal. This is the gap SAP Innovation Center in Pretoria is seeking to bridge, by leveraging SAP technologies to the benefit of funders, principals and education governance bodies. Point of contact is Mira Slavova.

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