Online Students Brady Bunch’ing On-Campus Courses

Should online and on-campus students be in the same class?

Reported by Education Dive, when remote students “call in” to an on-campus class, they’re often passive participants. But Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education is experimenting with a new course format called HELIX, in which large monitors in the front and back of the classroom display remote students “Brady Bunch” style, large enough to be seen and called on when they raise their hand for a question. The goal is to eliminate the friction and second-tier experience of the remote student altogether.

The takeaway? While this particular solution requires a great deal of in-class technology to make it happen, how can we similarly do a better job of making sure our online students aren’t second-tier citizens at our institutions?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.