May 20, 2024

Prioritizing Faculty in Online Education

Author: Ray Schroeder
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Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Given all this growth in online learning (at the institution, program, and student level), why is it that the role of faculty is so seldom discussed? We often hear about the benefits of online education for students (flexibility, ability to work, etc.) and schools (enrollment and revenue), the advantages of creating new online programs for faculty gets less attention. Seldom do we hear university leaders saying things like: “We plan to grow our online education programs so that our professors can make more money, enjoy more flexible professional lives, and learn new skills to enhance their teaching.”

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