We’re well into 2021 now and whatever we thought the “new normal” was going to be is…. here? Not exactly. It feels like we’re all still figuring things out. And now, we have the chance to shape an education system that’s been shaken to its core.
When this pandemic began, I was concerned that the rapid shift to online learning and the concerns about learning loss would turn educators and learners off online learning. Faculty, staff, and administration have done an incredible job tackling these challenges and now we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope because we now have a better understanding of how to use online learning to help improve the student experience and encourage faculty adoption and engagement.
“As we work to overcome the challenges of COVID-19, one positive outcome is that more and more of our educators are discovering the power they have to leverage distance learning as a valuable way to reach students.” – Vanessa Cox, Director of Online Learning at University of Dallas.”
So why the optimism? I think it’s because it’s becoming clearer what our learners expect, and that the processes and learning environments to support those learners are becoming more accessible. We’ve weathered the storm and now it’s time to tackle the challenges facing higher education institutions serving today’s modern learner:
- Supporting diversity, equity and inclusion–going well beyond the accessibility of a learning experience, to one that embraces an individual’s unique learning journey.
- Creating personalized learning experiences at scale by leveraging your learning technology.
- Advocating for and scaling up quality teaching and learning practices in the face of unprecedented numbers of new users of learning management systems and other learning technologies.
There’s so much more to this conversation. To learn more, please watch our on-demand webinar “Reimaging the Learning Experience” where I am joined by NYU’s Vice Provost for Education Technology, Clay Shirky to discuss the following:
- The changing dynamics of student needs and what’s required to meet them.
- How flexible delivery, learning models, and process innovation can help students engage and learn when studying virtually.
- What you should look for in technology to help students learn.