Idaho’s eight public colleges and universities are using a new platform to make it easier for students to browse online courses shared between institutions.
The selection of the new platform, announced on July 8, is the latest step in the public education system’s Online Idaho initiative, a multi-year plan to better manage resources and offerings to encourage adult learners to return. in school and high school students to continue to University. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted college calendars for many students and has led institutions to re-examine online course offerings and services as e-learning becomes more and more adopted.
As Idaho education officials explored how each institution works, they discovered that one of the keys to better serving students is online course sharing, in which students can take courses remotely. courses offered in other establishments of the same system. The new platform, Quottly, is designed to shift the administrative burden of exploring and enrolling in these courses to the tech and the university, not the student, said Jonathan Lashley, academic director. deputy of the State Board of Education.
“[Course sharing] has become a very attractive prospect, âsaid Lashley. âIt got people to think very creatively in our institutions, including the heads of institutions. And so, that meant we had to quickly focus on educating our system about what the different models of lesson sharing look like in other institutions and states.
Instead of having to register through the other institution, navigate a different digital system, and ensure that transcripts and credits are transferred, the Quottly platform allows students to browse and s’ register for courses through a single portal. When it came to finding a platform for online course sharing, Lashly said he looked to the California Community College system, which implemented Quottly.
âTheir goal is for students to browse the catalog, find a course, register for the course, and pay based on course acceptance within five minutes,â he said. âSo it’s a big change from what we currently have available to students. Time will tell whether or not we are able to convey and communicate effectively, reach out to students and convince them that this is a desirable opportunity. But that’s what the next two years will be used for.
How to make college more accessible continues to be a challenge, especially as institutions seek to attract continuing education students and compete for an increasingly small pool of high school students. The National Student Clearinghouse this month released data showing that freshman persistence rates are dropping.
Other states have put in place transfer agreements between community colleges and four-year institutions and have used platforms such as transferology to track credits and course requirements. More and more institutions are also looking to implement customer relationship management services to simplify communications with students.