Online Learning Update

July 30, 2012

Why Higher Education is Looking for Online Learning Leaders

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

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge

Universities and community colleges are posting job openings for a range of e-learning leadership positions, reflecting the growing popularity of online education. Working students are searching for the most economical way to earn a degree, said Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning and director of the Center for Online Learning Research and Service at University of Illinois Springfield Online. Universities and community colleges are trying to accommodate them by offering classes that make fiscal sense for their institutions. The economy — and the development of communication forum technology — is making a compelling case that some institutions should offer courses online, Schroeder said. But because online learning is a fast-moving field, the leaders that institutions hire will need to envision which technology and economic models will work. “Visioning is the No. 1 challenge in this field, and it’s because the factors are changing rapidly,” Schroeder said.

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