3 experts share their blended learning advice

ecampusnews | May 20, 2019

With a growing non-traditional student population, many colleges and universities are looking to blended learning technology and strategy to meet their pedagogical needs. But finding a combination of online and in-person components that match the expectations of both students and faculty can be daunting. Thankfully, higher ed’s collaborative culture makes networking and sharing expertise with other IT professionals easier.A panel of industry experts spoke at the higher ed IT Professional’s Meetup at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss how to find the right mix of blended learning offerings. The panel included Eric Palson, director of academic technologies at Babson College; Kristen Palson, director for Simmons Online at Simmons College in Boston; and Gaurav Shah, director of academic technologies at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Elmore Alexander, the former dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., moderated the discussion.

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“This unrelenting pace of growth has made student loans the second largest category of debt in the consumer credit market, second only to mortgages, a historic switch that took place in the direct aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. This almost three-fold increase in student loan debt has occurred despite total postsecondary enrollment falling by over a million students.” 2 From a bank and credit union perspective, however, the statistics could signal a market opportunity. As a percentage of total student loans, private loans peaked at 25% in 2007 and 2008, before dropping to 7% in 2010 in response to Obama-era regulatory changes.

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“This unrelenting pace of growth has made student loans the second largest category of debt in the consumer credit market, second only to mortgages, a historic switch that took place in the direct aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. This almost three-fold increase in student loan debt has occurred despite total postsecondary enrollment falling by over a million students.” 2 From a bank and credit union perspective, however, the statistics could signal a market opportunity. As a percentage of total student loans, private loans peaked at 25% in 2007 and 2008, before dropping to 7% in 2010 in response to Obama-era regulatory changes.

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