It is not often that disruption is viewed in a positive light and this is especially true in education. But with a little alchemy, it is. Let me explain.
The Internet is virtually ubiquitous in Higher Education. Classrooms now often include interactive whiteboards, audience response systems (clickers), learning management systems and Wi-Fi to engage students in an active way.
Students, in the meantime, have been busily leveraging the Internet into a network of social connections. Some innovative instructors have attempted to leverage these large social structures, but with some unintended consequences.
On a third front, cloud computing and the explosion of smart mobile devices has created entirely new ways to collaborate and engage students. An avalanche of businesses like Netflix ®, Google®, and DropBox®, have had torrid growth as they entered into the market. By leveraging the cloud, older computer technologies have seen their competitive advantages vanish and almost instantly seem dated and, well, complicated to use. This is where Via Response Technologies ™ enters. Leveraging over 12 years of response industry experience and over 18 months of development work, Via Response breaks down the barriers of distraction and disconnection between students and teachers. Students are engaged on the smart devices they use everyday.
Via Response, in a nutshell, is disruptive as it is simpler, cheaper and more powerful than any audience response solution on the market. The platform creates a highly engaged, accountable learning environment. It’s not just response, its web and mobile enabled response that capture actionable data at the point of learning both in and out of the classroom.
Via Response gives educators control over their content delivery, command over their students’ attention, and insight into the impact of their message. The platform bridges the time-tested and honored methods of conventional teaching with the power of everyone connected seamlessly in the cloud, enhancing the lecturer’s connection to students, and students’ connection to the material.
With multiple patents pending, Via Response introduces dozens of simplifications to last generation audience response systems and gives the instructor and students a much better experience. We continue to work with educators and instructional technologies every day to introduce innovative simplicity into our platform.
With full pilots underway this week of November 2011, we are looking for more innovative thought leaders to give us their feedback. Do you want to get a sneak peek into what we believe is the future of education and instruction? If you do, please contact me. We will grow only by listening to the your needs and desires for engaging your students in and out of the classroom.
COO Via Response Technologies, LLC