Ramussen College is making the most of technology to enhance learning. From World Wide Web Google, flip phones to the modern Apple Corporation in the last few decades with the unimaginable changes amid latest technological developments. It therefore thrills the faculty as well as staff of the Mankato’s Rasmussen College, as opposed to sticking with past traditional approaches that the college hopes to catapult its students into a very bright future ahead.
For Rasmussen, what would it mean to engage in fast forward thinking?
“Well, we don’t teach shorthand anymore,” Joked Donna Wenkel, Academic Dean of the Mankato campus. Wenkel, who began her career more than 34 years ago as a shorthand and typing teacher, shared the most recent college innovations aimed at moving the campus from its former St. Andrew’s Drive location to its current location at the Madison East Center.
“At first, I think people kind of scratched their heads,” Wenkel remembered. “They were thinking retail space when they thought of Madison East, but when you look at how it’s being used now as a lot of health care related business that are in there, it fits nicely for us to assume some of that space as well,” she said.
According to Kathy Sanger, Mankato’s Campus Director, Rasmussen’s campus within Madison East Center contains faculty and staff offices, labs and classroom that are designed to help medical students to make the most of technology. Sanger added that it is a convenient space and location for students to learn and enjoy virtual learning.
The main reason for online emphasis is for students to switch locations especially in the recent years of learning. When Rasmussen was opened at St. Andrews Drive location, science and technology, nursing courses were equally taught in physical classrooms. The Vice president of the institution also noted that with the technology, it is in an institution that fully commits to meeting its students wherever they are.