Implementing online or hybrid courses in a traditional university
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Online education is rapidly growing in primary, secondary and university settings, and most educational institutions are aware that change is a constant in their customers’ lives, and are continually evaluating how to incorporate that into their practices. However, some traditional colleges are hesitant to implement e-learning programs or courses.
Respected professionals, including Michael Fullan and Thomas Sergiovanni, have explained the change process in education. They discuss the many obstacles that effective education administrators must overcome in order to successfully implement change.
The article discusses a proposal for introducing e-learning into a traditional university that is based on the educational change concept. It reviews the major obstacles that hinder the introduction of e-learning into American Higher Education institutions, and delineates strategies and incentives universities should implement to accomplish the task. Regarding the possibility of fully online degree programs and blended learning programs, the article also address the following: (a) how to build the program, (b) sell the program within the educational setting, and (c) assess the effectiveness on a continual basis. It is important for traditional universities to consider an e-learning and hybrid proposal to keep a competitive edge.