At Nelson Education, we build our digital platforms with their pedagogical utility in mind.
NETA Digital is a framework based on Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson's seminal work "Seven Principles of Good Practice In Undergraduate Education" (AAHE Bulletin, 1987) and the follow-up work by Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann, "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever" (AAHE Bulletin, 1996). This aspect of the NETA program guides the writing and development of our digital products to ensure that they appropriately reflect the core goals:
The resulting focus on pedagogical utility, rather than technological wizardry, ensures that all of our technology supports better outcomes for students.
As Nelson Education has considered what more we can do to advance the common interests of educational stakeholders, we have determined that contextualizing high-impact engagement in both learning resources and technology can help create greater understanding of the significance of their integration.
The new wave of fully integrated course solutions (some of which are described below) represents a paradigm shift and an opportunity to transform the learning process — to create a learner-centric experience that has been proven to improve learner outcomes and the level of engagement. Here is a list of what Nelson Education looks for to optimize learning technology. It is recommended for all education stakeholders who review the latest generation of digital resources and each publisher's vision for next-generation enhancements.
1. A streamlined, efficient reading experience and a cohesive, useful set of resources that is available to the student, on demand, in order to make the learning experience easier and more productive — glossaries, pronunciation guides, maps, charts, illustrations, and audio reading capabilities. The only interruptions to the reading experience should be those initiated by the learner.
2. Everything in one place, including helpful features and utilities, such as the ability to annotate and highlight text, access to library-quality resources, ability to customize teaching and student materials, and the ability to track student progress. Instructors and learners should not have to go to a different "place" to access additional capabilities.
3. An engaging, learner-centric approach that contributes to improved outcomes. Assessment and remediation features should have an integrated, clean, and modern interface that encourages learners to complete assignments, to utilize a self-paced format, and to obtain the right level of assistance — when and if needed.
4. Adherence to accessibility standards, including built-in audio capabilities, screen contrast and font adjustments, and other accommodations.
5. A fully customizable solution — one that enables instructors to add, delete, and re-order content to meet the unique needs of their students.
6. Integration with a wide variety of Learning Management Systems (LMS) to make it easier for instructors who teach at two or more institutions or departments to use the same publisher-provided materials across multiple LMS environments.
7. Platform independence to support the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives that are in place, or in the planning stages, at many education institutions.
Whether you choose a digital platform as a self-study option, as a homework tool, or as a central part of a blended or online course, Nelson's easy-to-use platforms and pedagogically driven content increase student engagement, personalize learning, and support better student outcomes.