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Future of Online Education
in USA
Dr. Jeyakesavan Veerasamy
jeyv@utdallas.edu
University of Texas at Dallas, USA.
Almost all the content is based on my experience and observations.
I did not use NOT based on Google search or any statistical data out
there.
Agenda
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Self-introduction
Online education: brief history
Current state of “online education”
Online education – best practices
• Future of online education
• Future of traditional education
Self-introduction: Dr. Jey Veerasamy
• B.E. (ECE) from Anna University, Chennai
• MS and PhD in Computer Science, University of
Texas at Dallas (UTD), USA
• 16 years of telecom software industry experience
& 12 years of online faculty experience.
• Back to classroom teaching at UTD for the past 2
years and conducted an online course this
Summer.
• spend 3 months in India every year conducting
programming workshops and guest lectures in
various Engineering Colleges.
What is Online Education?
• Education through Internet
• Anywhere, any time, any device connected to
Internet
• Asynchronous learning, but fixed # of weeks
• All the work is graded & final grade is assigned
• Degree certificate
• What about lectures & exams?
Snippets from history
• First online course in 1984?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NYIT_history
• Popular online degree program in early days?
• MBA. Why?
• Hard working employees wanted to move up
the management ladder, but they need a
management degree!
Snippets from history …
• How reliable is online degree? No exams?
Who actually did the final project? Does it
help to get a job?
• Online colleges got accreditation
• Turning point (my opinion): Traditional
colleges started online degree programs
– Few colleges maintain academic rigor with
proctored exams
Who is a typical online student?
• Working adults who cannot come physically to
traditional colleges
• Military personnel
• Moms with young children at home
• Students from rural areas
What is the common trait for all these people?
All of them are highly motivated.
Grading Scale: Traditional vs. Online
Category
Traditional Online
Participation
5% (extra)
25%
Quiz/Attendance
10%
10%
Assignments
40%
30%
Exams
50%
-
Final project
-
25%
Team assignment
-
10%
Interactions in
Traditional vs. Online classroom
Effort
Course 4
Course 3
7 weeks
Course 4
Course 3
Course 2
Course 1
14 weeks
Course 2
Course 1
7 weeks
Traditional vs. Online course load
Effort
Best practices:
Weekly DQs (Discussion Questions)
• Goal: Students should come up with most
reasonable answers through discussion.
• Set difficulty of DQs at 110%
• Wrong initial answers are perfect discussion
starters! пЃЉ
• Faculty should facilitate & shape the discussion
little bit, but should NOT kill it.
• All meaningful posts count towards participation.
DQ strategies
• Basic: 2 to 3 questions
• Expanded: 5 to 10 questions
• Personalized: assign specific question for each
student for posting initial response
• Empowered: designate each student as “DQ
lead” for one question – post initial response,
then keep improving the response based on
others’ comments.
• More details in another presentation…
Best Practices: Team assignments
• Can it work online?
• Can it be better than on-ground?
• Potential for higher level of contribution from
each student
• Instructor can check the contribution of each
student, if needed.
• More details in another presentation….
Future of Online Education
• More multimedia lectures.
• Increase academic rigor – test application of
concepts using weekly quizzes
• Address plagiarism in popular assignments
• Better communication tools to help the
students.
Future of Traditional Education
• Best components of online education will continue to
make its way into traditional courses. More traditional
courses will become mixed-mode:
– % of lectures will be online.
– More discussions in elearning
• Few courses will likely become 100% online courses.
What type of courses?
– Detail oriented courses?
– Courses with lot of concepts?
• Typical student may do a few courses online – avoids
timing conflict with other courses & enables students to
do them with Summer jobs.
• If pricing structure is lower for online courses, it will
increase the popularity as well.
Thanks for attending!
Questions & Answers
Dr. Jeyakesavan Veerasamy
jeyak7@gmail.com
jeyv@utdallas.edu
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