Thompson Rivers University brings education directly to you through its Open Learning Division (TRU-OL). In this course we’ll be focusing on online instruction, although the principles within the course can apply to most of these models. I see three principle advantages to online education, 1) leverage, especially of the best teachers; 2) time savings; 3) individualized teaching and new technologies. Some courses may even delve into recent national and state politics that impact teaching regulations, resources, and curricula.
A small but growing number of educational institutions such as College for America (CfA) , Brandman , Capella , University of Wisconsin , Northern Arizona , and Western Governors are implementing online competency-based programs. Online postgraduate courses with SCU Online are also available to facilitate those looking to further their education, without having to change their work, family or life commitments.
Sharing as we innovate: Stanford Online is a university-wide initiative coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning (VPTL). Online degree programs use many formats, instructional methods, services, and technologies; online students have varying learning styles, preferences, and educational needs. Let’s take a look at some terms which represent the degree to which online resources are integrated. About half who registered for a class ever viewed a lecture, and completion rates averaged just 4 percent across all courses. As online education becomes more diverse, so does its range of learning options.
Thus, while online courses may have the potential to differentiate coursework to meet the needs of students with weaker incoming skills, current online courses, in fact, do an even worse job of meeting the needs of these students than do traditional in-person courses. People often think that online students are not smart enough for a traditional college or university, they are lazy, and they don’t get real” degrees.
Student Services Advisors help students develop educational plans and provide assistance identifying prerequisites and entrance requirements for specific programs, transferring credit, and assessing informal credit based on prior work experience. The USED and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) evaluate accreditors and recognize only those that meet certain quality standards. We must still weigh this value against the productivity increases (and thus the cost decreases) potentially available from online education.