Thirty-one of the administrators said content is primarily delivered through lectures. But when Kinney asked the educators what type of learners they are, only two described themselves as auditory learners. The majority described themselves as visual learners, yet not a single educator selected “media” as a primary way content is taught on their campuses.

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, said that community colleges have a “tall order” to fill when it comes to using technology and innovation to expand access to, and improve the quality of, higher education.

Hinojosa said community colleges need to adopt delivery models geared specifically toward them, and not just use methods — like massive open online courses (MOOCs) — that are in vogue at 4-year universities.

“While MOOCs have gained international attention for their innovation, they were not designed to serve the types of students who attend these institutions,” he said.

Like the congressman, Davidson also noted that innovation isn’t always easy. During his presentation of helpful tablet apps, the wireless network he was using to connect his iPad to the projector became bogged down with too many users. The image froze on the screen.


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