Will COVID-19 help or hurt online learning?

Will this forced immediate adoption of remote learning help or hurt higher ed’s move online?

Reported by Education Dive, the majority of American institutions are flipping the switch and trying to teach their live in-person classes remotely. Yet, many faculty are ill-prepared to do so. Two MOOC providers, Coursera and EdX, are opening up free access to their curriculum to help supplement potential curriculum for these professors. But many faculty are scrambling to figure out very basic video streaming solutions.

The takeaway? We’re asking a gigantic percentage of students to be our remote learning guinea pigs right now. My biggest concern is that a bunch of well-intentioned professors are going to start live-stream broadcasting their lectures, students will think that’s what online learning at its best can be, and online education is going to take a step back. How can we best support our faculty to provide a few steps better than that?

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.