Newest community college, in California, will be entirely online. What new skills will adult learners need to succeed?
Submitted by David J. Rosen on July 19, 2018 - 1:39pm
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If California is setting a trend with it's new online community college, and if that trend grows, what will our adult secondary education, high school equivalency, and college transition programs need to do to successfully prepare adult learners for a 100% online post-secondary education? Will they need to not only meet the current College and Career Readiness Standards, but also need to teach adult learners additional skills to succeed in an online post-secondary learning environment?
If so, what are those online learning skills? Are they the same as the skills adult learners in distance education need? Are there other, non-cognitive, skills they will need, such as self-management. persistence (grit), online teamwork skills, and others?
Are we preparing adult learners now for online learning, perhaps through blended learning programs? Is that the same as a total online learning experience? If not, what's different?
What features of a totally online community college would be needed to keep adult learners engaged? Are there ways to engage learners online that are equal to or better than engaging face-to-face practices?
What are your questions about what California is doing with this new online community college?
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Integrating Technology and Program Management groups