P1 First Person: Reinventing professional training
Dr. Paul Lasiewicki
When online education was first introduced in the early 2000s, many questioned the quality of e-learning...and rightfully so. As a result, instead of being assigned a fitting role in traditional learning institutions, online learning programs were relegated to a more modest position. Online education was (successfully) marketed to offer college access to non-traditional students – as kind of a “next-gen” distance learning option. Although this role brought educational opportunities to those who otherwise would not have been suitable candidates for a more traditional approach (working adults, those locked into rural settings, or those with predominant social obligations like single-mothers), the tendency to market non-traditional students only helped to reinforce concerns held by those who favored more traditional systems of education. Things have changed.