Embracing the new paradigm

There is a saying that technology made large populations possible, and large populations now make technology indispensable.

If there would be another way to articulate this idea from a higher education standpoint, it might be that technology made increasing numbers of non-traditional students attending college possible, and large numbers of non-traditional students attending college now make technology indispensable.

There is is no mistaking the numbers; studies have shown that nearly half of all students attending a U.S. college or university today are considered “non-traditional.” Which means, instead of being in the 18-22 age range, living on campus and attending classes in-person, they might be older, with a family and a full-time job, and may be taking all their classes online.

Earlier this year, the publication Education Dive listed its five trends poised to shake up higher education in 2018 (https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-trends-poised-to-shake-up-higher-education-in-2018/513772/). One of those trends was a “continued focus on accelerating mobile apps.” The story quoted a communications professional as saying “the rise of non-traditional students will force colleges to think outside the box and use technology to deliver a comprehensive student experience. With more non-traditional students, colleges will need to use mobile technology to keep them engaged and learning.”

Of course, keeping abreast of the latest trends and thinking outside the box are not just catchwords at William Woods University – they are a way of life that have helped spur our strength and growth as an institution. So it should come as no surprise that we now have a new mobile app that ensures that we are providing the best possible service to this ever-growing population.

The new William Woods Owlnet app is now available for download from the Google Play store for Android users and from the Apple store for iOS users. With this app, all of our students – traditional and non-traditional – can easily view course information, see upcoming assignments, check grades, view upcoming LEAD events, view the latest WWU news on The Wood Today news feed, check out the Tucker Dining Hall menu, get the latest WWU athletic news, and more. It is a new example of technology that will keep all members of The Woods community – students, faculty and staff – connected.

Our new mobile app is the latest demonstration of how we roll here at William Woods, following in the tradition of when we first began offering online courses, or when we expanded locations to offer evening courses at destinations away from our main campus in Fulton. We will always be committed to using the best technology and adapting to meet today’s cutting-edge trends to ensure the best possible educational experience for all of our students – no matter their age, location or degree of technical savvy.

Dr. Jahnae Barnett