Reimagining online education

Posted on January 21st, 2016

Steven Mintz, Executive Director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL), looks at ways that online learning needs to move beyond being an imitation of face-to-face learning. Mintz says that four key aspects of education need to be rethought: motivation, learning acquisition, the student experience, and assessment. The ITL has designed online experiences using an approach that is outcome driven, modularized, personalized, gamified, and activity based. Mintz discusses how their approach is “highly supportive of social learning, including cohorting, peer mentoring, and collaborative problem solving.”