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Post University: Future Vision of Education

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Transcript of Post University: Future Vision of Education

Post University:
Improving Student Experience with Technology
Emily Whitehouse
Post University

Post University Offerings:

Offering career-centric, application-based learning.
Offering Certification, Associate, Bachelor, and Masters level degrees.
Student demographics.
University Mission Statement.
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Post University: Then
-Founded in 1890 with courses helpful for business operations.
-Emerged as small-campus, New England college.
-Offers traditional on-campus and hybrid courses.
Post University: Now
Many degrees offered 100% online.
Flexibility and Connectivity
Online Platform: Blackboard
Mobile Apps
Horizon Report
Blended Learning: Flexibility, access, and personalization.
Digital Literacy: Continued preparation and training needed.
Technological Advancements: Staying Ahead of the Curve
References
Scenario Techniques
Pros
Flexible
Opens Mind
Challenges long-held belief systems
Recognizes 'weak signals'
Improved communication
Cons
Time-consuming
Emphasis on expertise
Difficult to remain open-minded
Analysis can shade into selective perception
Scanning/Futuring
Turns data into usable information
Used to inform scenarios
With continued monitoring, provides ongoing review of the effects and impacts of change.
Helps organization to anticipate environment.
Using trends to predict future climate in education.
Technology Trends
Online Learning: Provides flexibility and accessibility to students of all ages, regardless of geographical distance. This flexibility is especially valuable to adult learners, because of competing life roles (home, work, etc.)which make attending a physical campus challenging.
Mobile Apps: Provide personalized learning and increased accessibility to data and resources. More access could mean increased student success. Ex: Post University's BlackBoard Mobile Learn App
Economic Trends and Public Policy Collide:
The Rising Cost of Tuition
Technological advancements in higher education= $$$. Innovation is expensive.
Students foot the bill with tuition costs that continue to climb.
Policies regarding higher ed funding vary greatly at the state level across the nation.
Does it still pay to go to college? The short answer is "Yes."
Demographic Trends:
The Renaissance of the Adult Learner
Benefiting greatly due to the online format.
Flexible programs that cater to working adults with varying, competing life roles.
With age comes maturity, aim, and an understanding of the professional growth that higher ed can provide.

A Look Back:
The GI Bill
National policy to fund college and vocational training for returning veterans following WW II.
Lead to increased access to and participation in higher education for all adult learners.
Post University
Vision of 5 Years From Now
All Undergraduate and Gradate programs offering online option
More hybrid courses
Utilization of technology to personalize learning and boost efficiency
How Will We Get There?
Meet with administrators, professors, stakeholders and faculty to ensure everyone is aware of potential changes.
Prepare a budget that allows for more technology and for more online courses to be taught
Evaluate current programs to see which programs generate the most interest and profit and which programs can move most seamlessly to an online or hybridized format.
A Bright Future
Continuing to value and appreciate the power that online education can have in the lives of students.
Awareness regarding trends and increasing online enrollment, which will increase university profitability and success.
With an increase in degree programs being offered online, Post University's student base can increase if they are meeting this demand by offering trending, in-demand, career-centric degrees.
Continue to offer full-service student care to online participants for all steps from enrollment through graduation.
Continue to offer and increase reach of Career Services to help students to find gainful employment.
Broaden the amount of corporate partnerships available to students looking to increase marketability in their current job.
Call For Action
Meetings with educators and university administration.
Update and advancement of existing systems such as Blackboard and current curriculum.
See potential job growth trends in specified fields and develop online/hybrid class format.
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