Although a recent survey of colleges and universities from the U.S. indicates that the number of students taking at least one online course continued to grow, the rate is the lowest in a decade.
Further, the proportion of institutions that believe that online education is a critical component of their long-term strategy has only shown a small increase.
By contrast, the percent of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those as in face-to-face instruction, grew from 57% in 2003 to 74% in 2013.
The 2013 Survey on Tracking Online Education in the United States by the Babson Survey Research Group was published in January (2014). Grade Change – Tracking Online Education in the United States is the eleventh annual report in this series and reports on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. The survey collected responses from more than 2,800 colleges and universities and is aimed at answering fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education.
Tony is particularly known for his time as Director of Distance Education and Technology at the University of British Columbia, Canada and through his work as Research Team Leader of MAPLE, the Centre for Research into Managing and Planning Learning Environments in Education at UBC.
In his vision he outlines 9 main points:
The disappearance of online learning as a separate construct
Multi-mode delivery concentrated in fewer institutions – but more diversity
Multi-purpose, open delivery, with multiple levels of service and fees
Goodbye to the lecture-based course
Goodbye to the written exam – and welcome to the final implementation of lifelong learning
New financial models
Systematic faculty development and training
Devolved decision-making and organizational models
Student privacy, data security and student online behaviour will become more difficult
The replacement of lectures has been predicted for many years now. The emergence of the flipped classroom has given us a viable alternative. What do you think? Which predictions do you agree with?
Macquarie University recently hosted the 30th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning (ascilite).
Matt Bower a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education and colleagues were awarded best full paper for Bower, M., Kenney, J., Dalgarno, B., Lee, M.J.W. & Kennedy, G.E. (2013). Blended synchronous learning: Patterns and principles for simultaneously engaging co-located and distributed learners. In H. Carter, M. Gosper and J. Hedberg (Eds.), Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney. (pp.92-102)
Panos Vlachopoulos a Senior Lecturer in the Learning and Teaching Centre and colleagues were awarded best short paper in the category ‘imagining the future’ for Smyth, K., Vlachopoulos, P., Walker, D., Wheeler, A. (2013). Cross-Institutional development of an online open course for educators: confronting current challenges and imagining future possibilities. In H. Carter, M. Gosper and J. Hedberg (Eds.), Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney. (pp.826-829)
A new feature at this conference was the introduction of digital poster sessions, which made full use of the active learning space in the newly refurbished Macquarie Theatre. Elaine Huber, Alex Thackray and Rebecca Ritchie from the Learning and Teaching Centre were given the award for the best poster “Practices and perceptions of online assignment submission, marking and feedback: what’s changed?”.
The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERSDA) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Baptist University are hosting the HERSDA 2014 Annual Conference from 7 to 10 of July 2014 in Hong Kong. The conference theme is ‘Higher Education in a Globalized World’ and the call for contributions is now open.The call for proposals closes on 7 February 2014. More information about the conference can be found on the HERSDA 2014 website.
Macquarie hosts the 30th Ascilite Conference this year.
This year the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) embarks on its fourth decade of exploring the pedagogical potential of new technologies in the classroom (wherever or whatever that may be), and not in any way being smug about having ‘called it’.Here at Macquarie a group of academic and professional staff from across the university have come together to organise the 30th Annual ascilite Conference, hosted by Macquarie this December 1-4.