During the past year or so, and especially since the onset of COVID-19, I have been hearing more and more about HyFlex course design and delivery models. Educator responses to the pandemic have brought the topic front and center. I’ve been drawn to the HyFlex model because it is one of the most learner-centric learning models I have seen.
Remote proctoring online exams has become a necessary tool to enable a flexible remote learning environment. But like any new process, people can be skeptical of the unknown. When students initially hear about remote proctoring, it can cause anxiety and stress. Often there’s a lack of information or there’s misinformation that circulates among the student population.
During the pandemic, I have seen increasing interest in educational simulations. It makes sense. As students moved online, instructors needed new ways to assess the skills they were learning. At the same time, teachers were scrambling to shift their lesson plans and instructional delivery to support remote learning on top of their normal work, so they needed tools that were “auto-assessable.”
As much as 88 percent of data breaches are caused by human error, but only 43 percent of workers admit having made mistakes that compromised cybersecurity. In the past year, one-third of the breaches incorporated social engineering techniques and the cost of a breach caused by a human error averaged $3.33 million. The need for consistent and effective cybersecurity training is evident.
The past year has been unlike any other and for obvious reasons. Not only has the scope of roles in supporting the online teaching and learning enterprise radically changed, but so also the environment and mode in which we’ve been working. Prior to the pandemic, much of higher ed required in-person work, my institution being no exception.
Today, almost every industry uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to drive growth and find new, more efficient ways to succeed. The education sector is the next big benefactor. Within the next three years, AI will be compatible with almost 47 percent of learning management tools.