Stop us if you’ve heard this before: virtual reality (VR) is going to change the world! Since the early days of VR, technologists heralded it as the next major computing platform that captured our imaginations for its ability to substitute our physical reality and our sensory experiences. Little did we know that it would take a pandemic to help usher VR front and center as the next major computing platform. Some technology pundits claim that the upcoming war between Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft will make the “battles we saw over smartphones seem like a minor skirmish.”
After reviewing the academic result of the 2020-2021 school year, Husson University noticed an important trend among its students in the College of Business and the New England School of Communications. As a prelude to earning degrees, students are completing stackable credentials they can use to demonstrate mastery of a particular area of knowledge to potential employers.
While it’s extremely challenging for on-campus bookstores to compete with online pricing given the store’s operational costs, schools are questioning if, in fact, course materials need to be part of their on-campus inventory. Many schools are reimagining what the bookstore can be and finding that they can repurpose their stores for other student services so it still remains a social hub.
When the pandemic began a year ago, it brought unforeseen problems and changes to every industry, but especially to higher education. Schools everywhere suddenly experienced upheaval as full remote online learning or a hybrid of in-person/online learning became the “new normal.”
Before the pandemic, analysts projected that the global e-learning market expansion would reach a whopping $336.98 billion by 2026, and forecasts predicted e-learning in the United States was expected to reach $6.22 billion in 2022. Now, nearly a year into the global pandemic, the global e-learning market expansion is expected to exceed these numbers.
Too many community colleges have relied on passive, transactional, and outdated tactics to fill their classes. State subsidies, proximity, and low tuition have made enrollment at a community college an attractive option for many students over the years. Despite these advantages, enrollments have consistently declined. The pandemic has made a bad situation worse.