U.S. News and World Report has a post a bout trends for 2017 of which online students should be aware. The fire trends they list are:
- Greater emphasis on nontraditional credentials (i.e., microcredentials and certificates rather than degrees).
- Increased use of bid data to measure student performance. (To help make sure students are on track.)
- Greater incorporation of artificial intelligence into classes. (For student support and assistance.)
- Growth of nonprofit online programs.
- Online degrees in surprising and specialized disciplines. (For disciplines that might not a first seem suited for online.)
From the webinar site:
Canisius College, a Jesuit institution in Buffalo, NY, has moved rapidly to build online programs, tripling the number in the last three years. To address this rapid growth, the college created and implemented a comprehensive and innovative collection of training offerings that helps connect faculty to the values and mission of their institution as well as addressing faculty members’ prior experiences with online teaching. Using Palloff and Pratt’s Five Phases of Online Faculty Development to guide the professional development offerings, the Plan is made up of three core workshops (novice, intermediate, and advanced), online course review tool, the Griff Guide to Teaching Online, resources for review and assessment, and professional development opportunities. Continue reading