Our series on Forward-Looking Facilities continues with a look at post-pandemic adoption of online and blended learning delivery, and what 600,000 students tell us about their preferences for learning modality.
In Part 3, “Online & Blended Learning,” Ken looks at the decade-long inevitability of adopting blended delivery approaches, which have demonstrably better learning outcomes for students, and can save institutions millions on classroom facilities and operating costs. Years ago, Napster and Netflix demonstrated that “everything that CAN be digital, WILL be,” and now that libraries and lectures have made the leap, PSE institutions need to redefine their value proposition. Much more than merely “broadcasting knowledge,” true value in the digital age comes from live interpersonal connections and interactions, personalized and immediate exchanges, mentoring and inspiration. Those are really the core advantages of traditional institutions over all the cheaper MOOCs and industry microcredentials out there, for the foreseeable future.
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