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Online learning requirements

Grassroots activities in incorporating technology into teaching and learning goes a long way. Due to the current design of the education system, grassroots activities keep bumping up against barriers. However, initiatives like this one in Minnesota will become more common: “To expand access, increase technology skills, provide exciting and inspiring course content, and maximize efficiency and use of taxpayer resources, Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees Chair David Olson today announced a goal to have 25 percent of all MnSCU credits earned through online courses by 2015.”
It’s a start. I’d like to hear more about how they’re planning to develop the faculty to actually teach the online courses…and how they’re redesigning the existing education system to ensure that they aren’t only transferring content online, but that they are actually transforming the learning experience to utilize the affordances of the medium.

One Comment

  1. John Martin wrote:

    This will be an interesting initiative to follow. Particularly with regard to the faculty development process. Regardless of one’s educational level, effective teaching in an online environment is at once both an art and a science. Typical teacher prep programs are not currently prepared to develop effective online facilitators.

    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Permalink