Burning Questions and Key Trends in Online, Blended, and Digital Learning Strategy
Concurrent Session 6
Join OLC leaders for a reflective conversation on the burning questions and key trends community members are bringing us about online, blended, and digital learning quality and strategy. Select trends matching your focus and hear insights with practical, research-driven resources to move the needle on quality and student success.
Even prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, OLC noted marked growth in interest in online learning quality and adoption of education technology across the field. We have and continue to strategically position ourselves to be on the cutting edge of multiple aspects of online, blended, and digital learning in order to best support our community and help influence the direction of our field. The World Economic Forum reports that edtech investments reached close to $19 billion in 2019 before the pandemic and the overall market for online education is now projected to reach $350 Billion by 2025. Whether through learning management systems, video conferencing tools, open resources and platforms, or other online learning software, there has been a significant surge in digital learning exploration, use, and interest in the potential applications of digital learning peri- and post-Pandemic. So what is OLC doing to support institutions as they evolve?
Specific to our community, each and every day OLC fields numerous inquiries from instructors, instructional support staff, training professionals, and administrators at higher education institutions and systems, K12 schools and districts, nonprofits, industry, and government entities about recent efforts to deepen digital learning specific to institution or organizational goals. This session is aimed at synthesizing some of these recent trends in service areas, solutions, and research interests that we are aggressively scaling our work and involvement to support what you are doing day in and day out in your institutions.
During this session the following key topics and questions will be addressed:
- How can my school, institution, or organization leverage what we put in place during the pandemic to move from remote to quality digital, blended, and online courses, programs, and overarching strategy? What does OLC typically offer in support of these needs?
- How can my school, institution, or organization put learners at the center of the educational experience? What has OLC learned in regards to evolving expectations for digital learning, services, and support?
- How can my school or institution organization provide flexible instructional development experiences that prepare our instructors in understanding the pedagogy and technology around teaching digital, blended, and online courses?
OLC’s value proposition has always been that its work sits at the intersection of a dynamic, member-driven community and its interest and solutions are focused on the holistic online learning experience, considering multiple forms and functions of online, blended, and digital learning including courses, programs, student supports, and courseware.
Join us as we reflect on the current lay of the land as we have been seeing it, dialogue with us on your connection to these themes and trends, and let’s jointly vision how the OLC can support your professional learning needs as our field continues to evolve.