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Provost Forrest Maltzman said the programs will target workers who want to learn additional skills in their industries – a new area for the University.
Update: November 15, 2018 at 8:18 p.m.
GW is trying to help professionals get back into the classroom with 10 new online programs, officials said.
Officials announcement last week they will partner again with online learning company 2U – which already produces online courses for the School of Public Health – to create 10 non-credit courses for professionals looking to hone their skills in areas such as health care management or risk analysis. Provost Forrest Maltzman said the programs will target workers who want to learn additional skills in their industries – a new area for the University.
“As higher education changes, it’s important for the university to continue to experiment, innovate, and try new things,” Maltzman said in an email.
He said the courses, which will last around six to eight weeks, are designed specifically for people who want to build “industry-relevant skills in an increasingly complex business environment”. He said officials decided to partner with 2U because the company was more experienced in recruiting and marketing to students who weren’t trying to get a degree.
He added that 2U “has a well-deserved reputation and a relentless drive to innovate” and create classrooms for students across the country.
“That’s why they’ve been a great partner since 2012 and why we’re teaming up again to provide more options for lifelong learners,” Maltzman said.
GW’s online programs accounted for about 10% of its revenue last year. Two online programs were axed this semester to focus on the University’s goal of developing smaller courses that increase GW’s revenue.
2UGrad President Andrew Hermalyn, who could not be reached for comment, said in last week’s statement that the classes add to GW’s commitment to innovation in education and methods. of learning.
“This new suite of short courses will be designed to meet the unique needs of today’s professionals and provide learners with new opportunities to differentiate themselves in the global marketplace,” he said.
Online learning experts have said programs that are easily accessible to people in the job market are now in high demand as lifelong learning is expected in today’s fast-paced job market. .
Kristin Palmer, director of online learning at the University of Virginia, said technology is developing at a rapid pace and employers expect employees to keep up, which they can do. by learning specific skills in quick courses.
“Virtually every degree you get there will be continuing education, or just in general, a lot of people suggest that today’s graduates will have more careers than their parents and grandparents did, and so you going to be constantly learning,” she said.
She said shorter courses allow students to learn very specific skills in a “digestible” format. She added that courses in areas like medicine and information technology are currently the most in demand and are seeing the fastest growth.
Josh Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at Dartmouth College, said GW can reach learners around the world cheaply, as programs only take a little over a month. He added that course revenues can supplement the University’s budget as they are less expensive than traditional courses.
“For learners who really need to get a degree and be able to demonstrate a skill, these non-degree online courses are really great because you can take them anywhere,” he said. “You can do them while working.”
Garrett Garberich, Anthony Thomas and Siena Rich contributed reporting.
This post has been updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that 2UGrad President Andrew Hermalyn failed to return multiple requests for comment. He could not be reached for comment through a spokeswoman. We regret this error.