The proverbial “how is this going to help me in the real world?” is still an often-cited question of the younger student when facing unwanted homework. But for the university student, this question takes on a whole new meaning.

What does it mean to drive successful student outcomes? At Blackboard, we believe it means a student is ready for the ‘real world’ by being equipped for the global economy and an ability to collaborate “without borders,” working both in person and virtually with colleagues. The academic experience must also help them develop a lifelong commitment to learning that extends into the workplace, thus supporting their ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

In a recent white paper entitled “Student Outcomes: The Outcomes that Matter,” Blackboard uncovers some of the key engagement methods successful faculty are employing today. Central to success is the use of technology to connect faculty and students in a very immediate way. With an average of seven different digital devices, today’s student is constantly on the go. With a comprehensive learning management environment, which supports blended learning, engagement can take on a whole new meaning.

Students learning in a technology-rich educational environment are ready for real-world success on three levels:

Engagement. Students engaged in the learning environment ultimately go on to be actively engaged in the workplace and throughout their lives. As they face careers that are more likely to include different work experiences, the technology-rich engagement patterns set in the academic environment will prepare them to be resourceful and adaptable.

Connection. In the competitive, global economy, businesses are expected to connect around the clock and across the globe. Integrating technology that delivers connectivity between students and faculty teaches the practice of better communication across multiple channels and becomes a part of the DNA of the individual.

Immediacy. Regardless of where we are or the time of day or night, technology has adapted us to expect information and answers when we want them. In business, time-to-objective is accelerated by employees who know how to use technology to give and get information immediately. Shaping the academic environment to provide this immediacy both satisfies your students today and prepares them for efficiency in the workplace tomorrow.

Have you considered whether you are setting your students up for success both at your institution and in “the real world”? Take our quick, 5 question assessment to get your Student Engagement Scorecard and see how well your institution is adapting in order to stay current and relevant

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