- It's no longer seen as a trend.
- There are fewer small Course Management Systems, and a few very Big, Ginormous Ones.
- Other tech-based services (registration, testing systems, tutoring, live meeting spaces, data analytic tools, etc.) must integrate seamlessly with the Big, Ginormous Ones in order to be successful.
- Students don't have to be trained to use computers before they can take online courses.
- Only some faculty have to be trained to use computers before they can teach online courses. :-)
- It's not just for older, working folks and moms with little children anymore. Or for people living far, far away in the hills with only dirt roads and no traffic lights.
- It's still about convenience. But it's a lot about the money, particularly in the last year or so.
- It's fiercely competitive. It's no longer difficult to find affordability and quality and strong support services. However, the proprietary institutions still generally seem to have a big edge on marketing.
- It's a lot more social, particularly with increasing integration of Web 2.0 tools.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Flashback to 2000: Remember When They Thought it Was a Fad?
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since we breathed a sigh of relief when we escaped the would-be doom of Y2K. Around this same time, a significant number of technophobes also believed that online learning was just a passing fad. Not only has online learning flourished wildly in the last decade, but has grown up quite a bit as well. Here are some ways online learning has evolved in the last 10 years. Can you think of more?