The Growing Chasm in the Online Higher Education Market (1 of 2)

Higher Education Management

A chasm is beginning to appear between institutions of higher education that offer online programs. The divide is the result of the different strategies taken for designing, sourcing and managing online education programs.

A small number of institutions in the U.S. have adopted methods for producing and supporting online courses that have the potential, if not the liklihood, to improve learning outcomes, increase the speed with the institution improves the quality of teaching and learning, increase value (quality/cost) and, possibly, reconfigure the deeply embedded hierarchy that frames higher education.

A couple of scenarios

An acquaintance, an Assistant Professor at a mid-size university, was asked in mid-July by her institution to create and deliver a new online course for the Fall (September) semester. In the time available, she had to define the new curriculum, determine the instructional tactics to be used, collect existing resources, and create new materials, including assessments.

Throughout the process…

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