Online Learning Update

May 5, 2012

Next Generation of Online-Learning Systems Faces Barriers to Adoption

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Nick DeSantis, Chronicle of Higher Ed

More colleges are experimenting with online-learning platforms to meet the growing demand for higher education and to increase revenue in the face of budget cuts. But the next generation of online-learning systems faces several barriers to adoption, according to a new report. Chief among them are professors’ desires to customize what they teach and their reluctance to use prepackaged course material. The most sophisticated of today’s online-learning systems rely on machine-guided instruction to adapt lessons to the needs of individual students. But most of those systems do not yet allow instructors to deeply tailor the material to meet their course needs. And highly-interactive systems are often too complex for pioneering professors to adopt and sustain on their own.

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