What's Next: How long will colleges have flexibility to offer online classes due to coronavirus?

educationdive | March 21, 2020

Colleges have been moving classes online in droves to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. At first, school officials said they'd reassess the need to continue remote instruction after a few weeks. Federal agencies and accreditors afforded them   flexibility to do that, loosening rules that would typically guide how colleges use distance learning.  But those couple of weeks could become months, experts say, as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. intensifies. That raises new questions for colleges, both about how long they'll be afforded lenience from federal regulators and accreditors and about the extent to which they should be keeping track of what they're doing differently.

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Long gone are the days when you could only learn in a classroom or at college. Traditional methods of learning are certainly still important, but as the internet has increased in popularity, we have seen a new type of learning methodology develop – elearning. Let’s put a definition. Elearning (short for electronic learning) represents studies and education facilitated using electronic technology without the need for the confines of a physical classroom.

Spotlight

Long gone are the days when you could only learn in a classroom or at college. Traditional methods of learning are certainly still important, but as the internet has increased in popularity, we have seen a new type of learning methodology develop – elearning. Let’s put a definition. Elearning (short for electronic learning) represents studies and education facilitated using electronic technology without the need for the confines of a physical classroom.

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eDynamic Learning | October 28, 2022

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Coursera | October 03, 2022

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With Clips, Coursera now offers fully scalable learning paths featuring everything from short videos and lessons to professional certificates, and degree programs. For my role, developing skills in programming, camera hardware, and design is crucial. Finding relevant courses to acquire these new skills, and gaining practical, hands-on experience has been a challenge,” said Doris Chen, hardware design engineer at Google. The Clips videos provide relevant content focused on everything from camera and imaging to optical system design. As I continue my training, I’m looking forward to enrolling in more advanced classes and potentially earning an additional degree online to help further my career.I have always been fascinated by the concept of skills development programs and self-paced learning, and the ways it can assist to level up your career,said Rajat Batra, software engineer at Google. “Clips takes this concept to the next level by adding short and focused job related videos. 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