The skills that got us through two decades won’t get us to where we are going. That is obvious: Discussions of consolidations between two-year and four-year campuses brings to mind Clay Christensen’s prediction of the risk of massive college closures as a result of escalation of costs. We have entered a new era of accountability, where student retention and timely completion are as important as student enrollment.
The question is: how will your institution adapt? Faced with ongoing academic and financial pressures—concern of rising tuition costs, reduced government funding, greater academic success accountability, and changing student demographics, institutions need to recalibrate and plan a new learning path forward in order to thrive in the changing educational climate.
No matter which LMS you currently use – the path forward should focus on a technology-based learning platform that deepens learning experiences, and advances students’ success and degree completion by infusing pedagogy, teaching, and learning with more engagement, collaboration, and enhanced assessment. It requires piecing relevant educational experiences together—be it classroom lectures, distance learning, flipped classes, and blended learning—to meet your institution’s and academic programs’ learning objectives and student success goals.
What could digital learning look like in 2025 if you could do it all over? What lessons learned could you build upon?
Creating a digital learning path forward requires more than a shiny, new set of LMS features.