Thursday, July 30, 2015

Carts Before Horses: Growth in Online Learning for Students, but Who Will Teach Their Instructors? - 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 — and the one that largely goes unaddressed — 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 ‘n’ learns, basic learning platform support, and other technology-related resources, but generally fails to expose instructors to the best techniques for online instruction. http://www.forbes.com/sites/barbarakurshan/2015/07/20/carts-before-horses-growth-in-online-learning-for-students-but-who-will-teach-their-instructors/

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