LTGR Ep. #117: “What’s New in Online Learning: The Future (or not)?”

What’s new in online learning? What’s the future hold? Is this the future?

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Susan and Dan reflect on changes in online education they’ve witnessed in the past 10 years. Among the note-worthy: Easier use of tools, knowing more about how students engage in content, better at training.

Or are we? Susan found an article in the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning from Merlot

Faculty-Perceived Barriers to Online Education

We have the same barriers!?

  • Fear of additional time commitment
  • Lack of personal relationships with students
  • Having technology fail
  • Compensation issues

Dan reminds her they are perceived barriers – perhaps from those who were not yet teaching online.

Those with experience were less likely to mention these factors as perceived barriers.

Faculty who were older tended to be less optimistic about overcoming those barriers.

“…approximately 19% of all institutions do not offer any training for teaching online courses, and of those that do offer it, most provide informal and internally run programs (65%), with only a small percentage
offering programs run by external agencies (15%) …”

But distance education programs are pervasive! Does this perpetuate shovel ware?

Dan’s take away: Those who are doing it are finding the support they need, but those who aren’t are finding it difficult to make the leap. Opportunities for taking the first safe step are limited.

Someone asked about the Online Education for Dummies book thinking it was for faculty, but Susan explained it was written for students. Maybe Susan needs to rethink that.

Another article having to do with students and their challenges.  Students sill need info about how tech works, what procedures to follow, how to participate, etc. Those areas need to be addressed before you get to content.

“The gap is greater than we assumed.”

Dan found an interesting info graphic – the future of educational technology at

Divided 3 environments where we experience tech : classroom, studio and virtual. From there what are the core uses of technology and how will that change? Moves from uni-directional to trends projected: more about how we will learn from 1:1 to learning all the time and everywhere because technology will constantly update and provide information.

Susan – looking forward to 2020 – didn’t care for disintermediation because she doesn’t think we can replace teachers with AI. She wants to hold on to there personalization. She wants the high touch that goes with high tech.

Listeners, what do you think the future will hold? What changes have you already observed?

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