Online Learning Update

November 24, 2014

Next Generation Online Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:12 am

by Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

MOOC providers like edX and Coursera are not merely distribution channels; in the best cases, these platforms empower faculty to experiment and innovate. The critical difference between replication (with enhancements) of the classroom experience and the potential for the transformation of the classroom experience lies not necessarily in technology, but in four aspirations: A learner focus, an emphasis on interactivity, scalability, and a quest to reduce costs while maintaining quality. We see transformation happen when faculty members don’t see themselves as mere instructors, but as designers, coaches, and members of a learning development team with particular goals in mind. [Ed Note: Steve Mintz will be speaking at the UPCEA Summit on Online Leadership and Strategy January 21 in San Antonio]

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