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T-Shaped Students and the Future Workforce

by Nancy Sturm MS Education, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

The marketplace—particularly the labor market—identifies and rewards the 21st Century skills needed in today’s and tomorrow’s work environment as identified by the World Economic Forum. Higher education campuses across the country seek ways to refocus instruction & student engagement to align with those 21st Century skills teamed with a depth […]

Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space

by Mark Valenti CTS, President and CEO, The Sextant Group

The next generation of learning spaces start with the same characteristics of an active learning environment—flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based—but add an important difference: the capability of creating and making. While the concept is certainly not new, low-cost, high-performance technology is transforming the very nature of the create/make activities. In […]

TRUE NORTH | Higher Ed Classroom Revolution Informs Corporate Space Planning for Millennials

by Joseph Bocchiaro III, Ph.D., CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group
This article originally appeared in RealcommEdge Magazine’s May 2015 issue.

In 2015, millennials will become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Since the majority of these millennials are technologically adept, their expectations of when, where and how we work are driving thinking on future office […]

The Classroom Reimagined

Matthew LeFeber, Project Consultant, The Sextant Group

In the age of the digital native, information on campus is no longer confined to physical textbooks, chalkboards, or even classrooms. When students walk into class with Google on their smartphones, the instructor no longer holds a monopoly over content. This begs the question: “Is the classroom becoming irrelevant?”

Not likely, but there is […]

Technology in Education: Teacher Tips for Integrating Technology

Integrating technology into the classroom is all about letting the students guide you instead of the other way around. Put technology tools in the hands of the students and ask, “What would you do with this?” They might come up with ideas you’ve never thought about. In this short video, Mark Valenti CTS, President and CEO of The Sextant […]

Technology in Education: Uses of Modern Technology in Classroom Teaching

Uses of modern technology in classroom teaching shouldn’t be complex or difficult. Flip your classroom or use Skype to bring an expert into the classroom. Leverage smartphones by sending your students out into the field to gather data. The Sextant Group’s President and CEO, Mark S. Valenti CTS, discusses the uses of modern technology in classroom teaching.

Uses of Modern […]

TRUE NORTH | Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Interactivity in the Age of Collaboration

by Brian Patrick CTS-D, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

For several years, the only candy my daughter would eat was a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Even after Halloween trick-or-treating, she gave all of her loot to her brothers – except for those coveted cups. But as I write this article, there are still several unopened in my refrigerator. Why? Because […]

TRUE NORTH | Lighting For Learning: New Learning Models Challenge Traditional Lighting Methods

by Norman Russell LC, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

If you know that pedagogies and learning environments have significantly changed in the last ten years, go to the head of the class.

That is, if in fact there is a head of the class.

Yes, we all know that learning environments are changing. Rapidly replacing traditional classrooms with fixed instructor-oriented configurations, active […]

TRUE NORTH | Active Learning: Transforms Environments

by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Change is in the air. Universities are rethinking the educational experience, watching technological innovations and building learning spaces that are challenging the traditional teaching methods on campus. Changes in pedagogy, student expectations, campus culture, and corporate competition are resulting in fundamental shifts of mission, culture and process at many institutions. Colleges and […]

TRUE NORTH | Five Forces Reshaping Tomorrow’s Learning Environments

by Mark S. Valenti CTS, President/CEO, The Sextant Group and John A. Cook CTS, Vice President, The Sextant Group

Active communities of practice are prototyping new models for learning and research to foster new relationships among learners, faculty, and mentors. In turn, these new directions are reshaping the design of programs and facilities and the resource allocations necessary to support […]