A Personal Introduction. My name is Victor Barocas. My background includes stints in the business world, teaching graduate school and corporate consulting/training.
Currently, my time is occupied by teaching business courses at a small college in the Palm Springs area. Additionally, I write for a couple of publications and do a bit of consulting. For fun, I am a photographer
The State of E-learning. From the reading and talking with colleagues, the field is in significant flux. There are multiple models to ensure that the target audiences, at miimum, gain, retain and apply knowledge. Flack (2013) in her SRI report asserts that there is a paucity of notable research finding dealing with E-learning in post-secondary schools. However the findings from SRI’s meta-analysis sponsored by the Department of Education suggests that on-line learning has some potential, with the greatest hope with blended/hybrid models that combined face time with on-line learning.
Lack, Kelly. “Current Status of Research on Online Learning in Postsecondary Education.” ITHIKA S+R, March, 2013. www.http://www.sr.ithaka.org/sites/default/files/reports/ithaka-sr-online-learning-postsecondary-education-may2012.pdf
While not necessary contradictory with the Hill’s (2012) state of the state analysis, it does elicit at least two separate questions:
- As educational institutions continually roll out on-line courses, are the courses being built on a solid foundation? In other words, without solid data on which to build classes and programs, are postsecondary institutions building classes/programs that will be viable and not self-destruct over the mid to long term?
- Are universities and consortia pushing out product without the requisite buy in from past, potential future students. Or, will the drop-out rate continue to be high? More specifically, since completing on-line programs require tremendous perserverence, are students committed enough to do the work ?
My Connections to E-learning. As many of you will likely learn, my connections to E-learning are, at best, tenuous. Right now, I find myself in “catch-up” mode: it is taking me time to navigate the blackboard’s various parts and options.
Completing the E-learning Certificate is part of my reinventing myself for yet another career. My goal is to parlay my successes business and being an educator into some consulting with a trade association or corporation.