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Online Learning Now a Core Form of Delivery of Courses and Programs in Canadian Colleges and Universities | VANCOUVER, British Columbia

Online learning has fast gained popularity and has become a core form of delivery in Canadian Universities and colleges according to a report published at World conference on online education in Toronto. Dr. Tony Bates, a visiting professor of Ryerson University and a research associate at Contact North, Ontario with his small group of Independent Canadian researchers conducted the first survey of its kind through Canadian Public-Post Secondary institutions. Key findings of this report are:

  • Almost in all Canadian colleges and universities, online courses are offered now
  • Online enrolments have expanded up to 10% -15% per Annum over the last five years.
  • Online learning and online teaching are providing students with increased access and greater flexibility.
  • Two-thirds of Canadian post-secondary institutions view online learning as hugely significant for their plans

Similar trends must follow in other parts of the world. With this realization, UMT has also launched its strategic initiative, UMT Connected which aims to take online education to par of excellence in Pakistan.

OER will Storm Capsules in next 5 Years! | By Laura Ascione, Managing Editor, Content Services

survey of CIO’s at Campus IT in their annual report stated that eighty-two percent of Institutions anticipated that open educational resources (OER) would be a vital source of course content in five years. The results of the report were released by the officials during the recent EDUCAUSE 2017 conference held in Philadelphia, PA. Support of formal institutions for using OER in course materials was not quite significant this year as faculty is concerned about the quality of OER and updates of the content according to the annual campus computing project. Video Lectures have ousted audio in institutions manifesting that video is more important for hybrid, flipped and online classes. In general video, lectures have more potential to deliver and to hold interest according to report. It is our intention at UMT Connected as well as the senior leadership is also considering to make selected video lectures available publicly to improve and contribute to the OER scenario in Pakistan.

How Much Hollywood Glitz Should Colleges Use in Their Online Courses? | By Jeffrey. R.Young, EdSurge

Although for-profit providers strictly stick to this trend, however some traditional colleges also glitz up their course contents, in some cases bringing in celebrity guests. They juxtapose video models created by most of the professors today under the supervision of production crew, producers, lights and angles to video instruction. Some nonprofit colleges which produce MOOCs (Massive Online Open Course) have experimented different production methods. MIT researchers in 2013 analyzed various Online Courses, and the conclusion was, “videos that intersperse an instructor’s talking head with PowerPoint slides are more engaging than showing only slides.” In short Showing, someone’s face during online videos is more helpful whether they are a celebrity or not. Some of the most popular teaching online videos are the most low-fi. For instance, a few videos on Khan Academy have attracted millions of viewers. Those videos are essentially voiceovers of Sal Khan explaining concepts while drawing images on the screen. Not to downplay the importance of highly interactive, animated and engaging lectures, UMT Connected also believes in developing multimedia content to meet specific instructional needs in Pakistan virtual education settings.

Debunk the Myth That Online Degrees Are Always Easier| Olenda Reid, US New

A common conception is that on-campus programs are more legitimate and rigorous than online degrees. However, that statement usually comes from those people who have never been to an online learning program. This notion should not be flattered that online learning is more accessible than in-person studies. It is a general belief that an “easier” degree program requires lesser time and fewer efforts and doesn’t hold the student accountable to very high standards. UMT Connected offers ease of flexibility while retaining academic scrutiny and does not downgrade rigor to ensure that our programs. 

Future-Forward: How to incorporate the 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Learning

The purpose of teaching students is to transform them into successful adults who contribute to society while pursuing a fulfilling career. The four C’s (Collaboration, Communication, critical thinking, and creativity) of 21st-century learning framework are crucial to understanding the 5th C. The 5th C is career readiness which focuses on career –focused and project-based learning. Educators across the nation are focusing on Career-Focused and project-based learning (PBL) as an effective teaching method for building 21st-century skills. UMT Connected goes to extra miles to ensure that the range of content equips our students with knowledge and skills which enhance their employability at national as well as international level.

Emerging Tech boosts Online Education Growth Over Next 4 Years |By Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

A recent Technavio study which observed millions of students enrolling in online courses found that the experts expect that the online education market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent until 2021. It also emphasized that mobile devices, virtual reality, and blending learning programs will spark innovation. Enrollment and investment in online education are increasing. The report suggests that online training owes a lot for this growth to mobile devices and people’s interest and desire for blended learning opportunities. It is even more necessary for Pakistan to adopt online education to serve local and international needs to innovate and create jobs while opening more avenues for research. Anticipating these needs, UMT Connected has stepped forward to harbor online education in Pakistan.

The 1 thing Higher ed should really invest in to reach millennials and gen Z |By Gary Kayye

Neglecting a better cost-benefit analysis, Higher Education Institutions often make the mistakes of investing in the unneeded expensive products without really considering the generation it serves. For example, Facebook Live is free for everyone; yet many universities spend thousands of dollars on alternative solutions to go live which are not free of cost and are also impossible for a common man to use or access. Even the students are more comfortable with Facebook Live than other alternatives. At the times when students don’t want to come out of bed and to dress for class, readily available and accessible means like Facebook Live provide them with the opportunity never to miss a lecture. Avoiding all the hi-tech gadgetry and bleeding edge technology, UMT Connected believes in a balanced approach of teaching with the primary focus on the actual delivery of knowledge. In our tasteful manner, we ensure that our online students don’t stumble across any technical hurdles and sail smoothly on their journey of virtual education.

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