Online learning is now reaching the core, helping to transform higher education and moving beyond isolated efforts to pervasive influence and change. The dichotomy of distance learning vs. campus-based education has broken down, and forward-looking senior administrators have embraced new approaches to education that contain the elements of successful online education while cultivating the community-building and branding of site-based education, particularly to promote enriched faculty and program development. Rather than being isolated in a distance learning task force or continuing education program, the conversations about online learning now occur – or need to occur – at the executive level and throughout other levels and structures.
Article originally appeared in: “Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks”, V. 10(2006), n. 2. Reprinted with permission.