Online education's future looks bright, provided it is not produced with the sole intention of saving money, writes Steven Mintz, senior adviser to the president of Hunter College. Mintz recommends using a student-centric approach to course design that focuses on debates, questions and challenges, plus incorporates synchronous elements, instructor presence, student interaction and learning tools such as embedded assessments, multimedia and gamification.
Heather Hiles has resigned from Calbright College -- California's new online community college -- effective March 31. Calbright offers tuition-free programs in cybersecurity, IT and medical coding, and is intended to offer increased career opportunities to working adults who have not yet completed a degree, but it has not hired any full-time faculty members and some have questioned the school's value.
Higher-education leaders often focus on acquiring technology, using data for prediction, and using technology to change approaches to teaching, but other considerations are needed for institutions to transform and meet future as well as current needs, writes James Wiley of Eduventures. Essential components of digital transformation include identifying which areas will go digital and understanding the difference between change and transformation, Wiley writes.
Barbara Kopp Miller, dean of University College in Toledo, Ohio, in this Q&A describes her institution's journey to establishing a competency-based education program, which currently offers business courses plus a full RN-BSN program, and states that she foresees growth in this education model in the coming years. "The University student today is very different than 20 years ago and we must adapt to changing the way we do business," she says.
Just 27% of adults surveyed said postsecondary education is affordable, and 60% said higher education is accessible to anyone who needs it, a Gallup poll finds. Those figures were even lower among younger adults ages 18 to 29, with only 22% saying postsecondary education is affordable, and 46% saying it is accessible.
Many institutions have attempted to draw adult students by offering scaled-down programs that feature truncated time frames and reduced tuition, and online learning companies have partnered with universities to create course-sharing programs that help build flexibility into the education track. However, some large universities may be reluctant to participate in such programs out of fear that they will draw students away from their more lucrative traditional courses.
The Consortium for School Networking has identified the 15 technology hurdles, trends and enablers awaiting education leaders in 2020. In its report, the organization shares that among the five top "accelerators" this year will be integrating real-world learning into lessons and data-driven practices.
Big companies are looking for skills training to complement tuition reimbursement, and the more than 738,000 degrees and certifications offered have complicated how companies assess which programs are the best fit. Lockheed Martin has added support for dozens of certifications after a vetting process that also examined educational providers.
The presidents of all community colleges in Pennsylvania have announced a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University enabling students to transfer as many as 90 credits and complete an online-based bachelor's degree at a 10% discount. The agreement supports the state's goal of increasing the number of adults earning a college degree or industry credential.
Register and reserve your seat at upcoming webinars, and mark your calendar for more casual "chats" with colleagues via video conference. Webinars are recorded and archived in CORe, while chats are synchronous and not recorded.
Fireside Chat: Recognizing Microaggressions in Institutions of Higher Education | January 22 @ 2:00 PM ET | JOIN
Webinar: Apprenticeships and Higher Education | January 26 @ 2:00 PM ET | REGISTER
Online Administration Network Quarterly Conversation: Interface Design for Online Learning | January 28 @ 2:30 PM ET | JOIN
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