It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

edsurge | February 27, 2020

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success. Supported by foundation funding leaders in this field shaped what has now become Every Learner Everywhere, a network of accomplished individuals and organizations that work together as partners to drive increases in digital technology implementations, provide advice and training, and develop resources for the higher education community at large. The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), one of the 12 partner organizations of Every Learner Everywhere, was charged with identifying and understanding innovations in the digital education landscape. The first goal was to create an environmental scan of the digital learning environment in higher education with a focus on adaptive technology. To accomplish this task, OLC partnered with Dr. Tanya Joosten of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to lead the research project with her team at the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA).

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As your learners continue to go mobile, it’s time for you to start thinking about redesigning your legacy courses and retrofit them for your mobile audiences. Don’t let your Flash courses go unused; if your legacy courses are not instructionally sound, it’s time to update them too.Well, what are the situations you can convert your legacy courses? Before you start converting, check this infographic, which presents a checklist for converting legacy courses to responsive e-learning.

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As your learners continue to go mobile, it’s time for you to start thinking about redesigning your legacy courses and retrofit them for your mobile audiences. Don’t let your Flash courses go unused; if your legacy courses are not instructionally sound, it’s time to update them too.Well, what are the situations you can convert your legacy courses? Before you start converting, check this infographic, which presents a checklist for converting legacy courses to responsive e-learning.

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