Increased investment in school computer labs and computers in the classroom. Issue rises with disadvantaged areas not being able to provide students with computer access, marking the start of the digital divide.
The Internet becomes more prominent but remains a generally static resource – providing information for users more than allowing users to create their own content.
The Internet becomes more dynamic, allowing users to interact online and create content. IE creates its first e-learning unit in 2002, curating and creating content as interactive whiteboards and learning management systems begin to be implemented in education.
The portability of smartphones and tablets changes how online content and resources are experienced and accessed, on-the-move, instant updates become the norm.
MOOCs and micro-degrees become more prevalent and begin to gain traction as alternatives to traditional education. IE develops the WOW room in 2017, using AI and advanced software to track student participation across 48 screens.
Blended programs and liquid learning come to the forefront of education. Technology allows for a more personal education experience as location and physical barriers begin to disappear, allowing for increased student diversity.
Now is the time to take the step forward in innovating higher education, transforming it into a more experiential, immersive, team- and project-based, and practical experience. Liquid learning is IE University’s vision for what education can be: fluid and adaptable, bringing the human, digital, and natural worlds into a seamless and continually evolving whole.
It is not every day that the education process undergoes such a revolution and thus training faculty in this new liquid learning model is an essential and ongoing process. In order to support our professors and students throughout this journey, IE University has implemented processes to continually reflect and improve upon the concept and implications of the new model, including ways in which professors can create, implement, and evaluate courses and projects for their students. In addition to workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, best practice videos, and step-by-step guides for redesigning syllabi and lesson plans, professors have access to real-time feedback from students who are in their class, whether physically in the room or online.
Liquid learning is a new education model that transforms the way students learn and the way professors teach – and ultimately how we all contribute to the world.