Online higher education specifically sits in a unique position when it comes to class size, especially considering that the majority of the discussion about class size has focused on face-to-face environments.
As more and more of our potential learners engage with these tools in their personal and professional lives, we, in education, need to integrate these experiences in teaching and learning purposefully to stay current with required practices and skills in the marketplace.
HyFlex is more than just adding an online option to an existing classroom-based course. Combining modes and allowing students to choose among available modes is a powerful change to the learning experience – both for students and for faculty.
Over the course of four days next week (June 1-4), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) in partnership with the Every Learner Everywhere (ELE) network will host a series of working sessions designed to bring us closer to direct actions toward Equity, Inclusion and Diversity in the Digital Learning Environment via its second OLC Ideate focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Planning for Digital Learning Environments.
It is our shared goal to build, to design, to remix, to story, to transform, and to action-plan with our community. And it is our belief that intentionally designing with engagement in mind will help us reflect on and therefore move towards more diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning experiences.
Work with colleagues from around the world to identify challenges and opportunities in online, blended, and digital learning environments and systems.
Leading the charge of digital learning in higher education today, as we emerge from the global pandemic with greater respect for digital learning, demands a different set of leadership knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics than in the past.
As we see an end to the COVID-19 pandemic on the horizon, institutions are making plans to resume “new normal” operations for fall. As you ponder the future of remote work within your unit or institution, here is what you need to consider.
You’ve experienced the need for dynamic stability if you’ve flown an airplane, steered a boat or ship on the open ocean, driven a vehicle on a windy day, ridden a bicycle, or taught any class with “active learning” methods. You have a course in mind, a path to follow, but you also have the need to constantly adapt to the changing conditions around you.
Professional development frequently suffers when institutional budgets tighten. There is often a temptation, and sometimes even a mandate, to cut professional growth opportunities. I argue that now is not the time to cut back on professional development, but rather it is the perfect time for institutions and online learning units to invest in their most important assets, our people.