Who Is Creating Online Blended Learning Platforms? 2018

Is Online Learning for Binge-Watched Shows Is the Future of Education? These educators are harnessing the power of the internet.

Say goodbye to the traditional college learning and know that it isn’t over until the admissions counselor cuts off the student’s conversation after being told “Sorry, no space left on the waiting list.”

Life, as we know it, has changed. Rather than spending your senior year cramming for final exams, you’re on your laptop — or maybe on your phone — as you immerse yourself in college online classes. And yet, figuring out which online programs to choose or which online textbook to use remains quite the process.

But don’t panic. We’ve been asking the experts for their advice, and here’s what we’ve learned.

Who’s Creating Online Learning Platforms?

There’s no shortage of online learning platforms, and all are vying for users. “I imagine the competition from the likes of Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook will only get more intense,” said Dr. Ellen Saxenian, Lecturer at Portland State University, the former Communications Director for the Portland School Board and president of Public Education TV and Radio.

So, where do you look for the best content?

Every student has a different video collection, but over 60 percent of U.S. colleges offer YouTube as part of their online classrooms, according to study published in the American Journal of Education. To tap into this resource, watch one of these videos, take the quiz, examine the video and the answer and take the quiz again.

Rather than just spending time looking at the next video on YouTube, it’s best to watch a previous video first, said Saxenian. She advised those searching for videos “to monitor the quality, relevance and quality.” And, “make sure you’re ready to sit through a longer session of videos so you can get an overall sense of the content.”

And, if you don’t like a question asked in a video, using an app or calculator will help you figure out the correct answer, she added.

Educational Resources Used Online

There are countless resources available for students on both a traditional and online education platform, but we narrowed the focus down to five best educational resources you can find online.

CasaMio, created by the hotel industry’s top architects and interior designers, features video demonstrations designed to help its students design actual high-end, wide-open spaces within a hotel. Video content is edited and created by course faculty, and there are also articles, photo galleries and streaming lectures.

Tutor-zen Video Course-ed is a well-known online learning platform that features interactive teaching methods similar to higher education. The company’s videos have been featured on Mashable, NPR and People.

American Community College (ACC) offers resources including a customizable podcast series, access to cloud-based lecture videos and monthly online conferences hosted by staff.

Oakland University has created an app, called LiveOak Lives On, that gives students who are out of state, overseas or who cannot attend class a way to access campus classes over their cell phones. LiveOak Videos is streamed from professional studios to provide live classes and other educational content.

How Do Students Find and Use Online Courses?

Let’s say you want to know which online school or college is right for you. What you should know is which universities offer e-learning courses.

“Many institutions may only offer the names of specific e-learning programs, but that does not necessarily mean there is no competition. For example, if a UC Irvine e-learning program is offered at another UC campus, it will be harder to choose between those two,” said Hillary Asbell, Senior Editorial Manager at Higher Education Lites.

Also, you should ask specific questions about different e-learning programs like whether it is offered only in certain disciplines and if it is open to students of all admission types.

“Make sure to make a list of schools based on what interests and interests the student,” said Asbell. “This will ensure that students are interested in taking a course with the school because they see value in the program. If, for example, the child was not interested in Math but has learned Math through the ‘A-C-T’ [agreement], the student might have an interest in taking a class there.”

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