Will California's online community college open on time?

educationdive | May 01, 2019

California plans to open its first online-only community college Oct. 1, but doubts are growing over whether the state can launch the venture with just five months remaining, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The college, which hasn't yet been named, aims to provide low-income workers with free education that puts them on track to a better career. But with only a few months to hire key executives, some recruiters say the time crunch could lead to quality concerns.Other remaining tasks include setting up online programs in cybersecurity, information technology and medical coding; drafting policies for personnel; receiving accreditation; and crafting a statewide student outreach strategy. The virtual college was borne from former California Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to upskill the millions of state residents who lack a degree or credential.But questions remain over whether the pioneering effort will pay off for the state. For one, the forthcoming college will only offer short-term credentials like certificates, even though bachelor's degrees more often lead to "good jobs," or those which pay at least $35,000. And some doubt the targeted audience — adult students, who often are juggling job and family responsibilities — will excel in online-only programs, The Chronicle of Higher Education notes.

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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.

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Echo360 and Turning Merge to Support Higher Education's Shift to Video and Hybrid Learning

Turning | January 12, 2022

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