Newest Thoughts on Online Education

26728533_sAs online education grew by leaps and bounds, leaders of higher education realized that the best way to harness this new mode of instruction was to study its effects and, based on that, devise strategies for the future. Rafael Reif, President of MIT, did exactly that in April 2013 in founding the Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education. Based on the findings of this task force, the MIT Online Education Policy Intiative was formed.

Last month, the MIT Online Education Policy Initiative published its final report, “Online Education: A Catayst for Higher Education Reforms” by Karen Wilcox, Sanjay Sarma, and Philip H. Lippe. Highlights of the report include:

  • Educational advancements which effect online education
  • Research and technology which effect online education
  • Collaborations between fields of study which have had a positive effect in online education
  • Recommendations
    • “Increase Interdisciplinary Collaboration” (Wilcox 23)
    • “Promote Online as an Important Facilitator in Higher Education” (Wilcox 24)
    • “Support the Expanded Profession of the Learning Engineer” (Wilcox 25)
    • “Foster Institutional and Education Change in Higher Education to Implement these Reforms” (Wilcox 27)

Click here to read the report in full and learn about what online education could hold for the future.

Source: About the Online Education Policy Initiative

3 comments for “Newest Thoughts on Online Education

  1. May 4, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Online education is easy but it effects on your health especially on eyes

    • Rivka Swartz
      July 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      True, online education requires students to spend copious amounts of time in front of a computer screen, but because we live in an age of technology, most classrooms and workplaces require constant computer use as well. However, there are a steps that students can take to avoid damaging their eyes or health. Here are some suggestions:
      1) Because an online course is self-paced, take periodic breaks and walk away from the screen in order to give your eyes a rest
      2) Try printing reading assignments instead of reading them off of a screen

  2. August 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

    However, online education has some minuses. For instance, in the online classes, students cannot raise their hands and ask a question, when they don’t understand the material.

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