Someone recently asked me if I was as optimistic and idealistic as when I first started this job almost one year ago. Yes, I think I am.
One key innovation is openness. Opening of the course both literally and figuratively. Opening and broadening our ideas about what a course can be and do. Opening the content and opening the interactions. Opening of what a course means in a learner’s life. Opening what this can mean in a faculty’s career development. Opening what is possible in our research communities.
Our broad innovations around openness in online course are making courses and learning experiences more vibrant, authentic, and useful for one’s career and life. It’s doing things that we couldn’t possibly do before by enhancing and augmenting the interactions we already know are key to learning. It’s extending learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and sometimes beyond the software walls of our online platforms and learning management systems.
*Apologies for the use of “innovation” and to those who have been doing amazing things in online learning for a couple decades.