Report outline challenges, tips from college and university officials implementing online learning programs

online-learning-challengesAccording to recent polls and surveys among college and universities that are either in the final stages, or have fully implemented, online learning courses and platforms, there are a number of common, well-defined challenges and trends experienced by IT departments and faculty. The good news is: there are also scalable tips.

The data comes from a recent UPCEA and NASPA report on thoughts from higher-ed leaders on the challenges and emerging trends in online education.

In general, “Postsecondary leaders recommend tapping into existing expertise across the organization in areas such as online pedagogy, organizational models, lean innovation, and post-traditional student success,” say UPCEA and NASPA in the report. “They also offer advice for how to avoid potential pitfalls involved in scaling online programs and centralizing related decision making and resources. Finally, many suggest that ensuring a good experience for online students benefits all.”

The UPCEA and NASPA report polled 675 administrators, most of whom are chief student affairs officers and senior-most administrators in charge of online, continuing, and/or professional education, and presents a comprehensive look at trends—both current and emerging—driving online learning in higher education, as well as the common challenges and scalable tips for implementation.

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