UF Online seems to be institutionally-focused rather than student-focused, and the initiative is shaping up to be a case study in hubris. Without major changes in how the program is managed, including the main campus input into decisions, UF Online risks becoming the new poster child of online education failures. I honestly hope they succeed, but the current outlook is not encouraging.
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Not mentioned is the role of F.I.R.E. in forcing GW to change its obviously wrong decision.
Phil Hill, an education technology consultant and industry analyst, said D2L’s approach likely will encourage some colleges to explore adaptive learning with pilot programs. But Hill said he would be surprised to see it spread much farther than that during the next few years.
“It is very hard to make this stuff work, and from my experience faculty are not asking for magic production of pathways created by an unknown algorithm,” Hill said via email. “I just don’t see adaptive learning as a big need for campuswide deployment.”
Personally, I see a lot of potential in personalized learning in general based largely on the e-Literate TV series. But there are two caveats relevant to this discussion:
1) The question to me related to D2L's market approach and whether it would affect the LMS market. Where I am seeing positive results with adaptive version of personalized is in specific pilot programs such as remedial math at Essex County. But even in this case they are not ready or even considering campus-wide deployment. So even if D2L is successful with LeaP, it won't affect LMS market anytime soon.
2) For personalized approaches to gain momentum, there needs to be transparency. I have not seen faculty desiring or calling out for black box algorithms. Even ASU has not gotten very far with Knewton, and they spent a lot of time and money in pilots. There is a larger desire for differentiated pathways where there are no black box algorithms determining the pathways for students. The one exception I've seen here is remedial math, where the paths and overall coverage of topics is quite linear and well-known.
“The students who took online courses early on graduate at significantly higher rates,” he said. “Even though their grades were lower, they were still able to navigate their way through and earn a degree.”
The California Community College System is trying to do just that, and more, with its ambitious Online Education Initiative.
The University of Florida made an unusual offer to more than 3,000 high-school students who would otherwise have been rejected for admission: Pass two semesters of online coursework, and then you can enroll on the campus. But less than 10 percent of them took the offer.
Joseph Glover, the provost, defended the new option, called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment, or PACE, saying it hadn’t been well explained. “This year, now that the program is in place and there is time to advertise and explain what it is all about, we hope to get a better response,” he told The Gainesville Sun.
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