One of the most prevalent trends in higher education today is the increasing popularity of online classes. Today, about 30% of all higher education students take at least one class online, and demand for online courses exceeds demand for traditional courses across all institution types.
But online learning isn’t something to be taken for granted. When moving their classes online, instructors need to account for the absence of face-to-face interactions while integrating tools from an array of digital learning technologies. This presents a unique set of challenges, especially for classes that require a high level of interaction with the professor or those that are asynchronous in the online environment.
At this year’s Professional Colleges and Universities Summit, Steven Birmingham (IT Director at Central Penn College) discussed his experiences with transforming brick-and-mortar classes to online learning. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from Birmingham’s presentation:
[also worth watching Birmingham’s take in his video below]