Bring your lunch and join CTET STUDIO in the Centre for Dialogue (LIC 4th Floor) for a 60-minute webinar entitled Digital Higher Education: Navigating the Obstacles to Improve Quality and Productivity, October 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Dr. Keith Hampson draws on 17 years of experience in higher education, to present his findings about the institutional, technological and instructional factors that stand in the way of significant progress in digital education. Keith will offer examples and tactics employed by colleges and universities across the US and Canada that promise to improve the quality and productivity of digital higher education, and provide a high-level description of the general trends that are shaping the digital higher education market. Webinar attendees will learn about:
- An overview of digital higher learning and its benefits to students and the education system;
- The obstacles that have stood in the way of improved quality and productivity in online higher education;
- The changing competitive environment for online higher education market in North America;
- The most promising business models and instructional technologies for colleges and universities.
Online and blended learning programs have become standard features in Canadian colleges and universities. And while these initiatives are increasingly accepted as a legitimate form of teaching and skill development, efforts at the vast majority of traditional institutions have barely scratched the potential of internet-enabled learning, and improvements in value appear to have already plateaued.
Successfully leveraging the potential of educational technology depends, first, on a clear understanding of the obstacles that have limited progress to date. Beyond simplistic discussions of “best practices”, what are the specific instructional, organizational, and technological barriers that have inhibited our ability to use online and blended learning to bend the “iron triangle” of cost, quality and access? How can these issues be addressed effectively? And what are the key decisions that institutional leaders need to consider in order to dramatically improve the value of digital technology for Canadian students?