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Transforming Global Education Through Mobile Online Learning

Brady Locher (American Public University System, USA)
Phil Ice (American Public University System, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
Open, Global, Mobile
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Europe 3
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 8

This session will explore the expanding global online education market and the role mobile learning can play in it.

Extended Abstract

Online education, while a growing staple of the U.S. education landscape, is only recently emerging in many countries globally. Inadequate infrastructure to support online learning, government wariness of the delivery mode, and pedagogical models that challenge traditional teaching methods are among the many barriers to the growth of online learning abroad. Yet, many nations are announcing ambitious tertiary completion goals to spark the economic and social development required for them to thrive in an interconnected world. The need to educate growing workforces aligned with the demands of students to improve their lives through education can provide a powerful catalyst for countries to adopt online education and employers to accept it.

The growing adoption of online learning internationally will have far ranging implications for who can obtain a global education, which institutions can provide one, and how it can impact students and communities across the world. A particularly critical challenge as countries embrace online education will focus on delivery, especially as mobile devices are a more prevalent medium, especially among the youth in most countries.

The purpose of this session is to explore the forces shaping the global online landscape and to demonstrate ways in which higher education institutions can and are participating in the transformation. Of particular interest are the digital divide issues where those countries that could benefit the most from online education are among the countries with the lowest internet penetration rates.

At a time where more colleges and universities are looking abroad for new opportunities and to attract students, this session is particularly timely. It is expected that participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives and to leave with a greater understanding of both the challenges and opportunities in the international online education market. They will also gain a greater view of how mobile learning can be harnessed to promote improved learning adoption and success.

This session will be beneficial to individuals within the institution who have a role in online teaching and administration, international outreach and support, and strategic planning.