Dell joined the likes of IBM and Microsoft in showcasing what their proprietary tech could do for the future of learning. As related in their post, VP of Experience Design, Ed Boyd, claims the “real breakthrough will be in personalized learning”. This concept has existed on record since the 1940s. Its current understanding can be traced on research as back as 2006 with the concept of “Personal Learning Environments”, or PLEs.
How does Dell push this idea forward? Boyd describes the classroom teacher with his one-size-fits-all approach that “reality dictates”. Next he proposes a “digital assistant”, that assigns materials to students according to their skill on a given subject. The spin comes when he incorporates the cloud, turning the assistant into an interface, which could make “each educator ten times more effective”. How exactly? Again, Boyd describes:
It could “read” a student’s progress and automatically personalize the extra work a student needs to excel, irrespective of their level of achievement. This way, the real professors can reach and teach more, and students can get more. And the quality of lectures cloud also be improved because the Assistant could inform the instructor in real time when students are struggling to understand and give them the awareness so they can circle back and reinforce the material.
Boyd ends the post affirming that digitally assisted learning has already shown benefits in student achievement, retention and dropout rates. He does not offer any figures or evidence.
A further illustration of Dell’s inventiveness is available on the video. It adds Augmented Reality to adaptive learning, mentoring, note comparing, prototyping and other learning support tools. Elements that already exist, just not as visually compelling. The hardware that enables all the learning in the video is a proof of concept at this time.
There are open source initiatives that prevent the silos in which private entities fall. Corporations thrive in finding solutions to the same problems decade after decade. Moodle and open source initiatives are tasked with breaking this cycle. Building upon existing architectures with pedagogical evidence is the way forward in learning tech for global impact.
With its latest acquisition, Dell\EMC is the leader in the cloud server and storage market, according to revenue and market share data by IDC. Including the merge, its rate of growth is lower than that of HP and Cisco, who follow Dell in the ranking, as well as the industry averages. Data for the education industry was not available.
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