I had an opportunity to meet John Sener at the Quality Matters conference in Nashville last week and purchased
a copy of his book, “The Seven Futures of American Education – Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World.” I just started reading the book and wanted to share a couple of interesting quotes from the book:
- Over the past 15 years, online education in the US has gone from zero to mainstream
- If the first era in the history of online education was focused on providing access, the 2nd era has the potential to be defined by improving quality — not just for online education but for all education
- Cybersymbiosis – irretrievable dependent on digital technologies (this isn’t a fad that is going to eventually fade)
John led a pre-workshop seminar at the conference about “using the seven futures as a framework to improve educational quality: a dialogue” and I was really impressed that he
stayed for the entire conference. I’m looking forward to reading more of his book.
This is an excellent video about the importance of quality course design in online courses from the student perspective. Visit the Quality Matters website for information about the Quality Matters Standards and Rubric.
8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online from EDUCAUSE on Vimeo.
Some people are under the impression that online education is something new to higher education with the recent obsession with MOOCs, but “for-credit” online classes and degree programs have been offered for many years. This short video highlights the following 8 lessons learned from 2 experienced online educators. By the way, most of these strategies are also applicable to the face-to-face environment.
1. High-Touch is more important than high-tech
2. Establish Social Presence using Digital Storytelling
3. Use Technology Intentionally
4. The Power of External Resources
5. Make your Expectations Explicit
6. Fun, Playfulness and the Unexpected
7. Login Regularly
8. Personal Feedback
Interesting presentation titled the “Seven Futures of American Education.” The Sixth Future predicts that the 2nd era (the 1st era is access) of online education is improving quality – not just for online education, but for all education. I hope that the Sixth Future is realized and “Education Improves” because some of the other scenarios are more dystopian. My experience has been that when you ensure the quality of online education, traditional education also improves. This shift to quality assurance is long overdue in higher education. We need to demand that in addition to being content experts in their fields, ALL higher education faculty members are certified to teach, just like our K-12 instructors. I believe that online education has and will continue to be the main driver for improving the quality of teaching in higher education.
This presentation is based on John Sener’s book “The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World.” The Seven Futures posits that we can improve education by “cyberizing” it which means we can use emerging technologies to improve educational quality.