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How To Maitain Sucess In Online Learning
Anyone that’s following online education has gotten used to how well it’s been working. Clearly there’s massive demand for online courses, but is the market growing? Have our expectations of online education gone up, or down?
Personally, I think it’s the former. In the UK we have the Free University and the UCAS system, both of which are basically free online degrees. These are of course only open to those with the means to study for free; so this leaves the very low-income group in particular out in the cold.
But more and more universities are moving onto online platforms to improve access to education in the UK. In the US, it’s becoming a no-brainer for many higher education institutions – though institutions in the US tend to be particularly good at this… in fact, some of them have grand ambitions about how well they’re doing online.
It’s also a lot more mainstream in other parts of the world as well. Only last month the University of California at Davis announced that they were opening up many of their courses to paid-for global learners. In India, that country is adopting higher education like no other; (see the excellent story on that here) President Donald Trump was just recently in India to promote American higher education to the Indians in a big video conference.
But do people realise just how much online learning is changing and growing? Do the needs of the students in India, the UK and the US change in comparison to other countries? Do these online courses change the attitudes of those who want to go into this type of education?
Well, there are a few forces that all of these schools will be fighting against: the success of online courses in other parts of the world, the global way of life – with all its potential – and the ever-evolving technology that makes education easier to learn.
As technology spreads online, it can no longer be hidden, and this includes education. The quicker we’re able to learn, the faster we’re expected to know what we know and how to apply it, and this is reflected in our opinions of online learning.
I think this is a huge factor in this kind of change. People are changing so quickly, and tech can only improve the information and content they receive. We’re still at a high level of improvement, but it is growing, and it’s important for those in higher education to consider.
We can’t worry too much about what other people are doing, because those other people also have different priorities than we do, but if our need is the same, we can still try and create exactly the courses that we’d like to find.
This is where online learning comes in, and where it can change the way we think about getting higher education. It’s a massively successful marketing tool for the UK, and at this point, universities do very well out of it – it’s been good for our universities, so why not create the courses we want to see?
Other schools might have a different way of presenting themselves, but I believe that when we need to market our offer, we need to tell the whole story – if you’re going to offer something that’s genuinely different and you don’t want people to reject you, you better show them.
At UC Davis, we’re constantly innovating and going into more and more uncharted areas. We can’t seem to rest on our laurels, so we’re constantly trying out new things, and online courses are no exception to this; it’s for this reason that I think that UC Davis has a lot to offer for any student who wants to know more about their pathway towards a degree.