Not Slowing Down

NOT SLOWING DOWN: "Barriers to Adoption of Online Learning Systems in U.S. Higher Education," from nonprofit ITHAKA, provides ample reasons for higher-ed to take seriously this latest wave of online course delivery. Based on interviews with administrators and faculty from over 25 institutions, the report includes useful insights on the practical challenges of implementation, along with educators' very own (and real) concerns over prestige, time investment, IP, and overall lack of results and feedback on outcomes and student preferences. The report offers several solutions, all premised on faculty and admin leaders taking more active roles in devising incentives and working with colleagues at other places, for "it would be foolishly inefficient to rely on a 'hundred flowers' approach." Hm, do either edX or Coursera ring a bell?

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