The switch to online education has been anything but smooth. Higher education has been seriously affected by the nationwide shutdown and the sudden shift to delivering courses online. Most colleges and universities were not adequately prepared for online instruction, and educators inevitably struggled. 97% of college administrators reported "using faculty with no prior online teaching experience for some of their courses" . The fact that many faculty members were not experienced in online education is not surprising because 37% of professors are above 55. This is significantly higher than the general working population percentage of 23% . This age demographic is generally less technologically savvy since they are not from the generation of "digital natives" who were raised with an abundance of technology. Therefore, higher education institutions and faculty were disproportionately disadvantaged when teaching their courses entirely online with little to no notice or training. Adapting to virtual services will be more difficult for this sector because of the lack of experience teachers have and the scale at which universities and colleges must deliver these courses. How can the higher education sector adapt quickly and efficiently? Partner with an online learning platform company that will make the transition a breeze.
Historically, education has struggled with the balance between scalability and quality of education. As classes get larger one-on-one teacher guidance becomes rarer . Online education can provide a way to bridge that gap by offering a larger number of people a quality educational experience. The secret to getting the one-on-one guidance, usually only attainable by having a close relationship with a student after learning their strengths and weaknesses, is intrinsically tied to the nature of online education. With classes, assignments, resources, and lectures all online, there is an ever-increasing amount of data available, which can be analyzed and provide clear insights into the areas where students struggle. This can allow teachers to provide individualized and quality instruction to students at a much larger scale.
Teachers are not typically data analysts and should not be expected to go through massive amounts of data to figure out where students need help. Enter virtual services that are AI and machine learning enabled. Insights can be aggregated about learning patterns for a whole class or for an individual student to provide insights to educators about what topics may require more reinforcement.
Adapting to virtual services may also require structured teacher training courses to prepare teachers for online education. Since few teachers were trained on best practices for online education, training could benefit many schools, teachers, and students. Proper training and the ability to generate specific insights on where students need help can transform education. Online education can become a superior way to teach that reaches more students and provides a higher quality educational experience.
How Can Your School Easily Adapt to Virtual Services Using an Online Learning Platform?
Adapting to virtual services may seem daunting to your school. Thankfully, it can be an easy process that enhances your teacher and student's education experience, allowing growth without expanding your staff. Partnering with a company that provides fully managed high-tech online learning platforms is the key to success.
Here are the key elements an online learning platform should have to make adapting to virtual services a breeze:
These key elements will make adapting to virtual services easy for your entire faculty, staff, and student body. Choosing the right partner will be very important for the success of your institution.
Amesite Offers a Single, Easy to Use, Scalable Solution
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Amesite can launch a platform branded to your university in just 24 hours and scale an entire custom curriculum in 30 days. With incredible ease of use and intuitive design features there is no learning curve and adapting to virtual services can be achieved with ease as soon as the platform in launched.
Amesite is a high-tech AI-powered online learning environment. Amesite offers a single, easy-to-use, scalable solution for transferring your entire curriculum online. Ann Marie Sastry, CEO of Amesite, said, "We developed this platform to be able to be used by everyone from teachers to administrators so that they can get learning online in less than a day. The drag and drop feature actually lets you see the course develop as you build it". This platform is easy to use for educators and learners even if they have no technical experience.
Amesite's system uses established social media formats to help learners access the content in a familiar setting. These mechanisms streamline the learning process. Amesite's platform also gives users the experience of learning with a community, a valuable addition to the online education experience. Connecting virtually to their instructor and other students enhances the experience — and solidifies learning. Amesite has an outstanding and industry-leading 98% retention rate.
Amesite can provide your university with its flexible platform that can support teacher training, micro-credentials, summer camps, and alumni upskilling programs, as well as traditional online course curriculum. All of which require no training and allow your university to take advantage of the immediate needs that these programs and create numerous revenue streams. Amesite creates growth without requiring your university to expand because the is no investment in IT staff or training required to use the platform.
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 Best Colleges. May 4, 2020. Preparing College Instructors to Teach Online. https://www.bestcolleges.com/blog/preparing-professors-to-teach-online/ Accessed March 10, 2021.
 Inside Higher Ed. Jan. 27, 2020. The Aging Faculty. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/01/27/aging-faculty Accessed March 10, 2021.
 EdSurge. Jan. 11, 2021. How Professors Can Use AI to Improve Their Teaching In Real Time. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2021-01-11-how-professors-can-use-ai-to-improve-their-teaching-in-real-time Accessed March 10, 2021.