LUMS Presentation on the Landscape of Online Education
The Online EducationLandscapeKelvin Bentley
My Background Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University ofDelaware Taught first online courses in 2001 Served as a director and dean of online learninginitiatives for 2- and 4-year private and publicinstitutions Currently serve as vice president of Acatar, LLC, a newed tech start-up affiliated with Carnegie MellonUniversity
Overview Online Education Landscape Popular eLearning Technologies
Leading Online EducationCountries United States India China Australia South Korea Malaysia United Kingdom South Africa
MOOC CredentialingCoursera•Signature TrackUdacity•SJSU Summer Pilot•$150/course; Includes onlinetutoring and proctoring•Courses include Intro toPsychology, Programming, CollegeAlgebraMOOC2Degree•MOOC course offered for free fromone of Academic Partnerships’partner schools
What are the benefits and opportunitiesassociated with online education? Costsand challenges?
Benefits and OpportunitiesStudents• 24/7 access tocontent• Scheduleflexibility• Aligns with techusage(e.g., mobilephones, tablets)Faculty• Diversifiedengagement withstudents• PedagogicalResearch• Tenure andpromotionInstitution• No need for newbuildings• Expandinstitutional reachto new markets• Prestige withother online edproviders
Costs and ChallengesStudents• No equal accesstechnology amongstudents• May lack discipline• Misperception ofease of courseFaculty• Busy schedules• Facultydevelopment andsupport• Courses requiretime commitment• Academic integrityInstitution• Appropriatestrategic plan• Staffing• Tech investmentand maintenance• Quality assurance
Learning Analytics Definition “the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting ofdata about learners and their contexts, for purposes ofunderstanding and optimizing learning and theenvironments in which it occurs.”http://www.solaresearch.org/about
Learning Analytics Data Tracking Student Faculty Intervention Activities Automated Email Messages Director Contact by Advisor and Faculty Predictive Modeling Who tends to be at risk for dropping our courses?