As technology continues to transform higher education, colleges are faced with more opportunities than ever to address some of the industry’s most intimidating issues surrounding affordability, quality and accessibility.
In an effort to respond to these challenges, an increasing number of colleges and universities have shifted to offering more opportunities for distance and remote learning. They’ve emerged as cost-efficient options that increase access to students whom, in the past, have found traditional classroom settings to be inaccessible.
Over the years, recorded lectures and online courses have become more and more sought after– one survey that sourced federal data from more than 4,700 colleges and universities have found that more than 6.3 million students have taken at least one online course in 2016, which marked the 14th consecutive year the report has seen growth in online enrollment numbers.
Many institutions like Harvard University have embraced online learning as an agent for transformation. They’re looking to use technology to fundamentally change how students learn, instead of simply using it as a tool to reinforce teaching approaches that aren’t as effective.
With online learning become an integral part of the educational landscape, (the e-learning industry is predicted to be worth $325 billion by 2025) colleges and universities should adapt to the new norm of tech-driven learning for students. It’s not just enough for institutes of higher education to be content with web-based courses that mirror traditional curriculums.
There’s never been a better time for universities and colleges to create online environments focused on collaboration and action (think active learning) that use social, creative and more meaningful approaches to learning. Remote learning is redefining the way we learn by eliminating geographical barriers that have prevented world-class lecturers from reaching more student audiences.
Sure, in the past, critics have pointed to problems such as: the lack of face-to-face student and instructor relationships, inconsistent hardware and software requirements and lack of training. But now institutions like Texas A&M University are leveraging the latest technology like T1V’s ThinkHub Connect to create remote learning opportunities that overcome these concerns.
Whether you are introducing online learning for the first time or looking to find a solution to enhance your online learning capabilities, here are 5 questions about your platform that should ask to find out if you’re using best practices for remote learning:
1.Does your online platform require additional training and on-boarding for user?
T1V’s software-based platform is so easy to use that it doesn’t require any on-boarding programs for both students and instructors to use.
- Does you platform allow multiple users to annotate and share files during courses?
T1V allows instructors to do more than stream lectures, unlike many other providers, T1V takes an active learning approach that’s focusing empowering students to connect with their instructors and peers through AirConnect, a software that allows anyone, anywhere to join the conversation and collaborate.
- Is your platform compatible with most wireless devices?
T1V’s unique BYOD(bring your own device) technology allows students and instructors to connect without overhauling their equipment and take advantage of their existing wireless devices rather than replacing them.
- Does your platform help streamline student learning experiences?
With T1V’s active learning platform, every moment in the lecture can be captured during the recording process and be easily sent to students after the class session is over. This allows students to focus more on learning than on taking notes during class.