How Online Education Went from Teaching Reform to Economic Necessity for Colleges

edsurge | March 05, 2020

How Online Education Went from Teaching Reform to Economic Necessity for Colleges
When the Sloan Foundation had the bright idea to stimulate digital education at the nation’s colleges and universities a quarter of a century ago, it christened online learning as “asynchronous learning networks,” an eccentric name for what is now known simply as online learning. Since it was in its very early days, Sloan had no idea what to call it. But it surely bet on a winning horse. Eventually, the foundation invested nearly $75 million in institutions willing to test electronic teaching to see if it worked. I received some of that largess 20 years ago in grants to launch virtual master’s degrees, among the very first in the nation, when I was dean of ”web-based distance learning” at Stevens Institute of Technology, a small New Jersey college perched on the Hudson.

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In reality, however, today’s online classrooms are more often than not, counter-cultural, with students struggling to work in a VLE that is devoid of digital capabilities they have grown accustomed to using in their personal and professional lives. Thus, to ensure a more seamless and effective experience, the learning environment should be more closely aligned to everyday culture.As such, expectations are dictated by the marketplace, rather than by the institution – which means that education in the future must mirror both the technology we use and the connected world in which we live, with its ever-evolving access to expert knowledge. It stands to reason then, that by exploiting the digitals tools their students use to retrieve, construct and consume this knowledge on their own, educators will have the capacity to create powerful learning experiences that meet the demands of a changing world and a changing workforce.

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In reality, however, today’s online classrooms are more often than not, counter-cultural, with students struggling to work in a VLE that is devoid of digital capabilities they have grown accustomed to using in their personal and professional lives. Thus, to ensure a more seamless and effective experience, the learning environment should be more closely aligned to everyday culture.As such, expectations are dictated by the marketplace, rather than by the institution – which means that education in the future must mirror both the technology we use and the connected world in which we live, with its ever-evolving access to expert knowledge. It stands to reason then, that by exploiting the digitals tools their students use to retrieve, construct and consume this knowledge on their own, educators will have the capacity to create powerful learning experiences that meet the demands of a changing world and a changing workforce.