How do adult learners perceive the use of digital solutions in the classroom? Let’s find out by asking one ourselves.

We recently spoke with JoAnna Zalkovsky, a student at Navarro College. Joanna, a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016, is an adult learner in the nursing program and also serves as secretary of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Below, Joanna discusses why she believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.


Why is it important to hear from students about their experience with digital in the classroom?

Hands-on experiences provide feedback from all senses. This develops an overall verification of program gaps and improvement issues. This type of system allows a varied response based on intellectual individuality as well. Everyone learns different so understanding a student’s study limitations can improve the spectrum to a broader audience.

What is one common misperception about students and the use of digital in the classroom?

I believe the most common misconception is that it is an easier environment and the studies are easier. This is not true because people learn differently and while some can self-teach, others need to be taught.

How can we collectively elevate students’ voices to improve the higher-education system?

a. Group information sessions
b. Social media gatherings and discussions
c. Information material within the confines of the colleges and universities, and most importantly high school senior college packets

If you could give your professors one piece of advice about using digital learning tools in the classroom, what would it be?

Stay on track! If you use the tools then use the material. My past experience is that professors will offer tools for studying, but then when it is time to take the tests, the tools really did not cover what was on the test.

What is the value of having a student-centric, student driven conversation at SXSWedu?

Words on paper do not have impact like words expressed through verbal conversation. Conversations allow for Q&A, thus allowing a more in depth understanding to the difference of social, economic, and political backgrounds that affect the outcome. The difference in each of these categories can impact just one question with many different views and opinions.


“Students Unfiltered” at SXSWedu 2016!

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