Higher Education Evolution Part 2: Faculty’s Role in 2023

Like today’s faculty, many instructors in 2023 will still repeat a lecture multiple times –  if they need the extra practice before stepping in front of a camera.

Professors’ roles will change dramatically over the next decade.

Online learning won’t be the only option in 10 years, but it will be a prevalent one, experts said, and that means more and more instructors will find themselves recording their lectures to be viewed and reviewed over the internet.

Forty percent of credits that college students earn are already earned online, said Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

“I think that will only increase,” Schroeder said.

This is the second in an eCampus News series examining the technological changes in higher education over the next 10 years. Read part one.

Class time will be more centered on discussions, as the students will have already watched the lecture on a course webpage before meeting with the instructor.

This is already happening on many college campuses, and the system is referred to as “flipped learning.” But a more controversial possibility that could arise from such a method is an “outsourcing” of lectures.

For example, a student taking a physics course at Indiana University (IU) could attend class once a week to discuss what he learned during the most recent lecture. While she is meeting in-person with a professor at IU, the video lecture she watched was actually presented by a professor at Stanford University who is teaching a similar massive open online course (MOOC).

“Faculty in the future are going to be more involved in the creation of the instruction, and less in the delivery of instruction,” said John Ebersole, the president of Excelsior College.

At the Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress in October, Bill Gates, the education philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, said he envisions online video lectures as taking a path similar to recorded music.

Educators can connect and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #eCN2023.

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