From the Chronicle of Higher Education
“Mark Bradbury has brought along plenty of apprehension to a summer workshop here on how to teach an online course. Mr. Bradbury, who directs a master’s program in public administration at Appalachian State University, prides himself on drawing out students in his face-to-face courses and feeding off their questions and interests. He worries that he won’t be able to replicate that spirit if he’s making lecture videos and posting on discussion boards.”
This blog post from the Education Advisory Board articulates the key factors (and their definitions!) that UW-Madison leaders used to determine which of their undergraduate courses were impeding timely graduation. These factors might serve as inspiration for UO or other comparable institutions.
Step One in Eliminating Course Bottlenecks: Find The Cause (EAB, January 2016)
An article in Evolllution by Vickie Cook and Gayla Stoner enumerates the value that a continuing ed unit can provide an institution as a centralized resource supporting online initiatives.
· CE units are ideally positioned to initiate and manage interdisciplinary collaborations in service of institutional strategic plans/goals
· Faculty and student satisfaction increase when centralized and specialized support is provided for online/hybrid education
· Quality and consistency across programs/courses is best managed by one unit
o continuous improvement and quality control processes already existing in CE units are well suited to managing online/hybrid education
UC Irvine has launched a new low-residency hybrid (or “mixed format”) master’s in Human-Computer Interaction and Design. The one-year program boast an “interdisciplinary orientation” and aims to prepare students for careers in UX, systems analysis, and project management.
This interview with Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, covers the growth of edX and his ideas about where higher ed is headed.
We think universities will just get transformed. You still need the content and the course and the professors who provide them. What will be altered is the way it is delivered.
Bhargava, Anjuli. April 20, 2016. “Micro master’s is future of online learning: Anant Agarwal.” Business Standard.
This EAB infographic subdivides the millennial student market by personal and professional traits.
This infographic from the Online Learning Consortium sums up emerging trends in technology and higher ed in 2016, and encourages further growth in ed tech.
This EAB infographic illustrates the correlations between first-year GPA and degree completion rates, with an emphasis on those students with GPAs between 2.0 and 3.0.
This EAB infographic illustrates the core elements and varied mechanisms of university budget modeling.
This EAB infographic illustrates six opportunities for experiential learning that can help keep students on track to graduate and ensure better preparation for the workforce.