Support the Creation of Community

Supporting truly student-centered learning requires a technology strategy that moves beyond legacy systems to an ecosystem designed to support the complete student journey. When identifying the right technologies to support your institution’s student-centered learning strategy, five key principles will set you on the right track.

One of those key principles is to support the creation of community.

The image of the hardworking student huddled over a book in the library is classic but misleading.

Learning is not, as the image suggests, a solitary process. It is much more of a team sport. Learning and growth require strong relationships that foster trust and push learners to explore new ideas outside of their comfort zones.

Student success doesn’t require more inputs, it requires more interactions: students engaging with each other, with faculty, coaches, counselors, employers, and alumni. Being together. Building community. Knowing that they matter to other people on campus.

Putting the student at the center of technology design should force us to ask how technology can facilitate the creation and ongoing support of these critical relationships. Are technology tools helping to build community and foster communication? Or are they getting in the way, reinforcing silos and limiting the creation of meaningful­—and crucial—relationships?