Elevated Learning in a Digital World: Nine Apps for Higher Education


Guest blog by Mary Perisic, senior partner marketing manager at Microsoft

For students and faculty at colleges and universities this fall, eReaders and online textbooks are helping make heavy reading an easier task. On top of that, cloud storage is providing faculty and students the ability to access assignments, content and rich media anytime, while also enabling constant collaboration through campus management tools. New and existing applications in the higher education space are making these capabilities possible, helping elevate learning in a more modern and digital environment.

As part of our time at EDUCAUSE this week, we're highlighting the apps that deserve top honors in helping faculty, administrators, and students within higher education.

For example, the following apps help faculty and administrators improve safety, security and efficiency:

  1. Dub Labs enables customized, out-of the box mobile campus management, integrated with student information systems and back-end infrastructure including admissions, campus maps, events and notifications.

  2. LoudCloud Bolt brings next generation learning management with strong collaboration between faculty and students that includes discussion forums, class and institutional notifications, syllabus review and a personalized recommendation engine. It's customizable, personalized task-centric teaching focused on learning outcomes.

  3. TestPolicy is the only proctor-led, secure testing solution that allows faculty to completely lock down and monitor student devices throughout the entire test. For a limited time, TestPolicy is free to any U.S. educational institution, public or private. Activate the offer here: https://aka.ms/TestPolicy

Meanwhile, these apps help students transition to college life and enable more personalized and interactive learning:

  1. Fluid Math features interactive visualizations and animations to calculus and physics.

  2. Essential Anatomy 3 provides 3D interactive touch-enabled discovery, helping students probe and virtually dissect anatomical structures and study parts in isolation.

  3. NurseTabs Complete offers a rich content source for nursing students with over 120 procedures by topic, more than 200 drug categories and approximately 340 diseases and disorders.

  4. My Study Life is a digital planner that helps students and faculty get organized, stay on top of tasks, and manage class schedules and conflicts, all while syncing seamlessly between devices.

  5. Binder is a personalized and interactive document reader that allows students to view, organize, annotate and share digital documents from virtually anywhere.

  6. Skype provides a quick remedy for freshman homesickness, helping students stay connected to friends and family through video, voice or group connections.

That's just a small sampling of the apps available in the Windows Store. To learn more about the range of apps available, start with this curated list of 25 Higher Education Apps. Click on any app title in the list and it will take you directly to the app in the Windows Store.

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