Online Learning Update

July 29, 2015

Carts Before Horses: Growth in Online Learning for Students, but Who Will Teach Their Instructors?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Barbara Kurshan, Forbes

By 2003, 81% of colleges had at least one online class, and from 2002 to 2008 there was a 187% increase of students taking online classes. In 2010, 83% of CEOs and small business owners considered an online degree to be as credible as one earned traditionally, and today, 96% of traditional universities offer online courses. In 2013, President Obama pledged over $500 million for the creation of online course materials as part of his commitment through ConnectED. We contend that the real issue ā€” and the one that largely goes unaddressed ā€” is that the majority of people who teach online are given virtually no assistance in learning how to teach online. Professional development for these instructors is limited to lunch ā€˜nā€™ learns, basic learning platform support, and other technology-related resources, but generally fails to expose instructors to the best techniques for online instruction.

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