The Future of Education Is Already Here
What would it be like to walk through an average college campus in the year 2017? It may be harder to imagine than you think. Look how far we have come in the last 5 years. In 2006, there were no iPhones, no Androids, no iPads, no Twitter, Facebook was a college-only experience, and social networking meant meeting at the fraternity house.
In 2003, Steve Jobs said on the launch of the iTunes store:
Will Apple’s launch of iBooks 2 on January 19, 2012 be the same inflection point for textbooks? Certainly only time will tell. So, as we play an active role in education changes that lie ahead and welcome Apple back to education conversation, let’s look back at the past…
Guest Post by Dr. Shirley Waterhouse,
Senior Director of the Office of Academic Excellence and Innovation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
January is the time of the year when we all seem to do some reflecting. As a director in the Exemplary Course Program
(ECP), I look forward to this time of the year because I have the opportunity to begin the review of course submissions. I also take time to reflect on the progress of the ECP program and the yearly advancements in e-learning pedagogy throughout the academy that are demonstrated in the course submissions.
To go a step further in reflection this year, I recently interviewed several of the 2011 ECP winners
to ask them to reflect on the process of submitting their courses. All of them commented on how valuable it was to receive input from peers at other institutions, and they all indicated that the recognition they received was very nice too. When I asked Lorna Kearns, an instructional designer with the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education at the University of Pittsburgh,
about her experience with the ECP program and their winning course, Organization and Management Theory, she indicated that the self-review process was the most valuable component of the program for her and her colleagues. “Going through the self-evaluation process revealed insights not only about the course I submitted but also about other courses for which I provide instructional design support. Working with two of my colleagues as course reviewers offered additional opportunities for understanding what constitutes effective online course design.”
In November I wrote about how Kaltura’s partnership
with Blackboard helps address the challenge of campus media head on
. This December, Kaltura released an updated version of their Building Block to make it even more helpful and user-friendly. Some of the new product features include:
- Additional clipping functionality, allowing users to create clips from existing content
- Improved galleries, enabling users to click thumbnails
- New workflows, allowing administrators to assign content to Blackboard courses directly from within the Kaltura Management workflow
With the end-of-life of CE8 approaching, Florida International University Online
took a hard look at their LMS options. The team was looking for a solution that would continue to drive student engagement, while reducing the load on their internal technical team.
FIU Online utilizes a number of third party tools in their online program, including content from publishers such as McGraw-Hill
and NBC Learn
, and wanted to be sure the LMS solution they chose was easy to integrate. The team understood that when digital content and interactive tools become a seamless part of a course, the more likely it is that faculty will incorporate them into the curriculum and students will stay engaged.
Maisie Caines, a Blackboard Exemplary Course Director and Faculty Development Specialist at College of the North Atlantic, recently spent time chatting with Teri Herron of Delta State University
. Teri received the 2011 Exemplary Course Program Award
for her Music in American Culture online course
. So, how does a classically trained opera singer and music historian design and deliver an exemplary online course? According to Teri, it was a “completely wild ride.”
According to Teri: “We need projects that push us out of our comfort zones, because that’s what I’m asking my students to do every time they enroll in any of my classes.” When Teri approached Dr. Susan Hines, Director of Instructional Technologies at Delta State, about designing an online course, she asked for no forgiveness. “I want you to be really hard on me.,” Teri said, “I would rather work diligently one time and then have something upon which multiple layers can be built. You know, build a really solid foundation into which you can add or subtract content, add or subtract media, fuss a little bit with your learning modules… but have something really, really good, structurally sound…something that a student climbs into and thinks, WOW!, this person really cared when they put this together for me.”