Most learning materials available online are tons of work—but they are flexible, in terms of how you use them.
Articles On How Online Learning Is Flexible
On work blogs, people are trying to figure out what’s next for campus education in the post-austerity era. Despite the doom and gloom forecast, brands like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Oracle could look to unload campuses in the not-too-distant future. Ad Age pegs their value at $11 billion.
Sometimes however, universities can take the lead. For decades, Brigham Young University has eschewed funding a physical campus for online education — reinventing themselves as the forefront of technology-based learning. Jim Murdoch and David Watts share what it took to stay nimble in an increasingly online world.
“The Internet was great for networking and developing a student connection to the program of education. However, we noticed in the United States that people are starting to realize that online education can not replace face-to-face interaction with the instructor.
For example, how many times have you seen YouTube videos of an instructional drill or demonstration that was done in real time at some point? These kind of demonstrations are not only helpful to the student, but also incredible to watch for the student.
In some research studies, individuals who had seen the demonstration viewed themselves as more knowledgeable, superior at critical thinking, and as individuals that could be more reflective with a lot more education, particularly in groups.
The students that watch the video and work with the instructor to solve a problem begin to become excited and aspire to practice with their trainers. This is a technique that is readily available in neuroscience research and studies are very supportive of this practice.
So what does this mean for how a college or university should be functioning? BYU found that they need to respond to the three in particular:
Bringing in expert, hands-on guest lecturers for very short term
Being proactive in finding creative ways to introduce the classroom to outside trainers and guest speakers
Being responsive to student needs in their specific program
You need to be creative in how you are bringing in volunteers and experts, and finding creative ways to create opportunities to bring in someone with expertise.”
Of course, these ideas sound attractive to any university or university seeking to reinvent themselves. But what does it take to shift your priorities when you’ve built a 20-year-plus strategy on a set of assumptions that don’t scale?
Yik.Art is teaching more than 300,000 students around the world since the site’s debut in 2017. It looks at campus-based learning online as a way to relieve people from the stresses of doing homework or school work. But the company is bringing flexibility to the realm of learning and is charging students more than the average textbook — only about $6. The students pay a fee to Yik.Art, who funds their expenses. Then, they pay a fee to the individual programs, which can be a big deal for some higher education schools. Students also pay to pay their tuition fees.
The company may be able to take on the responsibility of charging tuition fees if they can sell more advertising to cover the cost of running the platform.
Yik.Art delivers a rigorous and highly immersive college-level education online. The company has built a revolutionary platform which can claim multiple thousand student to enrollment daily. The idea is to make learning applicable to live situations and distance. Each student is assigned a mentor, which are usually professionals in their field who can help the student navigate the complexities of the program. The second thing the company has done is construct a test for each student that requires online participants to demonstrate which areas of learning they understand.
Each group is given the chance to take their own AP test and rack up higher marks, thus raising their chances of transferring to a top-tier school and successfully advancing their education.
All in all, I have to admire their vision and goal of leveling the educational playing field. Anything that can help lower the cost of a diploma and reduce the stress of excelling in college is beneficial to the current of society.
Let’s face it: Every dollar we invest into higher education is one that can’t be repurposed and re-directed to more useful purposes. Hence, one has to wonder if Yik.Art is the first of its kind. It might be.